Union Scope finds iconic images on the internet from different European cultures, about topics that concern Europeans today. It displays these images per country inside a map of the European Union, making cultural differences and similarities visible that exist within Europe around topics that concern European citizens.
Searching for images online it is easy to forget that the images one finds are significantly informed by the culture one was raised in. Union Scope provides the opportunity to explore this cultural bias in image searches, revealing different cultural views on European topics.
Union Scope is part of a larger project called Data Scope in which Fako Berkers creates custom search engines that try to act like a telescope rather than like a magnifying glass. Telescopic search focuses on letting people discover things outside of the things they know, like a telescope that reveals new things on the horizon. For more information visit: data-scope.com
This project is realized as part of the Summer Sessions network in a production of V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media, with support of the Creative Industries Fund NL.