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The Image Bank is a characterization of a certain condition that defines image culture today. Rather than answering questions, the Image Bank produces an experience which begs the questions of how do we focus our attention and how do we think about art, all in the midst of a truly democratic civic space, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). This traveling art institution moves away from art as commodity – a stored object , a non-visible, used as a means of value exchange – and towards an alternate understanding of art as institution. The Image Bank temporarily alters public space, framing art and architecture through a bottom up field of experience, where visitors are forced to confront this redistribution of attention in a way that is unexpected.

During one’s time at the DMV, the patron will engage with one piece of art and its associated digital media. The Image Bank will randomly generate one piece of art per patron, sourcing from all art museum digital archives that are currently available online. Simultaneously, a seemingly endless flood of digital media linked to the archived piece will overwhelm the viewer’s vision. When they are done engaging with the art, The Image Bank will print a receipt of that piece, and some associated media, while the art object gets deaccessioned from The Image Bank forever.

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The Image Bank will provide custom doppelgängers of elements consistently found in the DMV, such as the waiting bench, the self service check-in units, or the mobile wall dividers. These elements will be hybridized through techniques found in museum storage and display; consistently mediating between opposites: storage and display, displacement and placement, clutter and isolation, dark and light etc. etc.

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