smokerubbleindex.org is an online interactive database that attempts to approximate the scope of global disaster periodically between 21 December 2012 - 2013. Collating online news photographs of events of catastrophe or conflict, they are digitally compiled to construct a sequence of accumulating formations of smoke, or rubble. While they can be read as allegories of rising devastation and dissent, the work seeks to contest what constitutes an image of disaster. When employing the rhetoric of photojournalism, what visually determines its representation? What degree of agency exists for an image of disaster when it is to be circulated and multiplied? Are these events accurately pictured, or render a ceaseless, virtual flood of indeterminable images?
Kyle Adams • Jemma Blundell • Pixie Bowles • Maisie Cousins • Tom Delion • Alex F. Webb • Esme Horne • Jure Kastelic • Barnaby Kent • Meg Lavender • Aaron Law • Reinis Lismanis • Maya Nogradi • Lottie Pugh • Patrick Raimondi Taylor • Florence Sharp-Mitchell • Cedar Shaw • Iona Sherwood • Grace Towner • Craig Wye •