YOUNIC / faceBOOK
The faceBOOK project refers to the social network platform facebook and investigates the visual codes of the 'default-profile-picture'. When a user fails to upload their own profile-picture on facebook, there are two types of symbols available: the white silhouette of a generic male or female head surrounded by a light-blue background.
In 2011 I began the online-project YOUNIC that invited facebook participants form around world to send an image of themselves in profile. Images were collected and transformed into personalized profile-pictures based on the visual codes of the facebook default-image.
This catalogue is survey of 100 personalized-profile-images that were collected between 2011 and 2012. They were often chosen as their new profile-picture by many facebook users. Transfered from the virtual realm of ‘facebook’ to the tactile pages of the faceBOOK, this document is a physical and archival record that combines individual and collective modes of representation.Working with the basic visual codes of representation used by facebook, this project attempts to hybridize the homologized symbol of a person with the distinguished features of an individual.
YOUNIC pictures # 1 - # 100