Digital Checkpoints Exhibition


Your Life, Our Movie

Your Life, Our Movie

Fernando Velázquez (Uruguay)

Your Life, Our Movie is an algorithmic image-search program that visualizes “your life” by harvesting images from Flickr databases and generating a ‘movie’.

When users do not enter a keyword, the piece generates its own. 

Your Life, Our Movie explores ways the presumably fixed meanings attached to images by tags (metadata as digital ‘checkpoints’) and ways that new meanings are produced within the ‘flicker effect’ of watching still images animated by algorithms. 

Compare the movies produced by entering words like ‘border’, ‘nafta’, and ‘palestine’ versus entering words like ‘river’, ‘nato’, and ‘designers’.