Task: Search for the word "poetry" preceded by various adjectives that are often used in conjunction with it.
Technique: These images are obtained by saving the first image listed after having performed an image search for the word "poetry" preceded by an adjective. In every case, the words are paired together and placed between quotation marks. Example: "good poetry"
Duration: 8:15 pm – 9:22 pm
Date: May 18, 2010
Search Engine: Google Image Search
Browser: Safari 4.0.5
Result Organization System: Alphabetic
What this might be:
-A crude snapshot of the current visual vocabulary of poetry as a term or an idea.
-A comparative survey of the complexities created by the desire to or necessity of pairing words with images.
-A demonstration that sometimes reveals unexpected relationships between locution and context.
-A compromised investigation of the complications faced when typifying classifications of poetry with images.
-A partial insight into which attributes or classifications of poetry are identified by certain visual components of the work, such as a photo of the author, a photo of the cover of a book, a photo of a page of poetry, a poem represented in digital form, an advertisement for a reading, a photo of a reading or a seminar, a painting or other work of art associated with the time/ affiliation of the poetry, or a painting or other work of art intended to suggest some other visual association, to name a few.
-An example of how basic, familiar, and historical qualifiers become increasingly less effective as a result of overuse.
-A simple examination of how an image search can yield poor results by favoring image popularity and freshness over relevant association.
-An example of how some things not conventionally related to poetry are being described as or compared to poetry.
-An enactment of my complicity in the solidification of these image search results as associated with their corresponding word-combination queries.