The Image Dictionary Project

Two London-based artist are breathing new life into the dying art of the reference book with their latest creative project.

The “Google” book takes a twist on the dictionary by making it a visual representation of the English language. Artists Ben West and Felix Heyes replaced the dictionaries 21,000 words with whatever the first image the word conjured in a Google image search.

They then printed and bound the results “It’s an unfiltered, uncritical reaction of the state of human culture in 2012, said West. “I would estimate about half of the book is revolting medical photos, porn, racism or bad cartoons.”

The pair are now planning to run a limited run of paperback editions for sale, no word if they have sought permission to use any of the images.


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