Is there a mathematical formula to define friendship? An algorithm to determine how we connect? And why we connect?
Can we materialize with numbers and data these relationships which cross oceans or long in one’s souvenir, without spoken or written words having to be exchanged?
Who are my friends? How do I connect with them? What do they say about me?
« Friends » is an ongoing project, a daily process that consist in taking, everyday, a screenshot of my « Friends » icon on Facebook. It is an experiment that was prompted the day I wondered: who are those people? How were they chosen? How did they end-up here?
This experiment started as I was curious about the functioning and meaning of an icon. How could an icon influence my own perception of who my friends are and what friendship is made of?
I wondered about the influence I could have on this icon: what is my input? To what extent can I control it? What do I draw from the output?
I wondered what those “Friends” could say about this “Me” in the long term. Will they reflect my life-changing events? Record my evolving self?
Only future can tell.