The Nine Eyes of Google Street View

Google Street View Camera

This is a must-read. Artist Jon Rafman has written a wonderful essay on Google Street View for Art Fag City:

“One year ago, I started collecting screen captures of Google Street Views from a range of Street View blogs and through my own hunting. This essay illustrates how my Street View collections reflect the excitement of exploring this new, virtual world. The world captured by Google appears to be more truthful and more transparent because of the weight accorded to external reality, the perception of a neutral, unbiased recording, and even the vastness of the project. At the same time, I acknowledge that this way of photographing creates a cultural text like any other, a structured and structuring space whose codes and meaning the artist and the curator of the images can assist in constructing or deciphering.”

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full project here

Machines are dreaming

Tornata ieri da Struttura, manifestazione dedicata all’arte e alla cultura digitale in quel di San Vincenzo (Livorno) , dove ho partecipato ad un talk sui progetti artistici Google-based. Qui il consueto set di foto. Tra le varie cose, una bellissima presentazione di Bianco-Valente. Colgo l’occasione per segnalarvi il loro lavoro. Una lucida, profonda e fascinosa ricerca sul rapporto tra corpo e mente, natura e tecnologia, neuroni e microchip, strutture cellulari e dinamiche corticali…