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THE GOOGLE TRILOGY | Report a Problem • Michele’s Story • The Driver and the Cameras

The Google Trilogy is a three-part project about the relationship between humans, power, and technological errors.





To create Report a Problem I traveled on Google Street View photographing all the “wrong landscapes” I encountered before others could report the problems and prompt the company to adjust the images.




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Michele’s Story is a collection of 100 photographs, the result of my collaboration with a man who became almost completely paralyzed. The project is composed of details taken from Google Street View and attempts to precariously reconstruct a single human journey by recovering snippets of stolen and dehumanized life.







To create The Driver and the Cameras, I went looking for faces that had escaped Google Street View’s algorithm. The eleven portraits I isolated immortalize the driver of the Google car. The driver is a sort of phantom power; he appears where he shouldn’t be and his presence has escaped censure.






THE GOOGLE TRILOGY (all three parts) was exhibited at:

  • #watch22 (2015), curated by Günter Minas, Bonifazius-Türme, Mainz, Germany
  • Luoghi Comuni Festival – Net Art Section (2015), Altamura (BA), Italy
  • EMAF 27th European Media Arts FestivalWE. THE ENEMY (2014), Kunsthalle Osnabrueck, Germany
  • SLINGSHOT, Festival of Music, Electronic Art & Technology (2014), Athens GA, US

And has been discussed during the following talks and lecturers:

  • “City Walks” (2016), lecture by Zhu Ying Hua at Ray Art Center, Shangai, China
  • “Computative Metamorphosis” (2015), talk at the Expressive 2015 Symposium, Computational Aesthetics, moderated by Angus Forbes and Anil Camci, Incubation Center of Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • SIGGRAPH 2014, ART TALKSTechnological Error, Power and Metamorphosis, moderated by Basak Senova, Vancouver Convention Center, Canada

THE GOOGLE TRILOGY – 1.Report a Problem was exhibited at:

  • FLEFF 2016, Interface/Landscape, curated by Dale Hudson and Claudia Pederson, Ithaca College, NY, US
  • Imagine the City, Street Views (2015), curated by Gioula Papadopoulou, Cultural Center of Kalamata, Greece
  • Eyedrum Gallery, Behind the Static (2015), curated by Terry Coffey, Atlanta GA, US
  • Expressive 2015, Idea Chain (2015), curated by Angus Forbes and Anil Camci, Istanbul, Turkey
  • TRACE(s) Festival Des Arts Numeriques (2014), Médiathéque Léon Alègre Bagnols-sur-Cèze, France
  • CURRENTS 2014, The Santa Fe International Festival of New Media Art (2014), curated by Parallel Studios, Santa Fe, US
  • Wander Web TV, Experimental Category (2013), curated by Tamara Lai, online video gallery
  • Video Art Festival Miden, Street Views (2013), curated by Gioula Papadopoulou, in collaboration with CAMP (Contemporary Art Meeting Point), Kalamata and Athens, Greece

THE GOOGLE TRILOGY – 3.The Driver and the Cameras was exhibited at:

  • INTERNET&TACOS (2013), curated by INTERNET&TACOS, space for digital culture and Internet politics, Hildesheim, Germany
  • COLLISION19, COmpress/DECompress (2013), guest curated by Stephanie Dvareckas, works selected by: William Tremblay, Georgina Lewis, Mark J. Stock, Rob Gonsalves and Stephanie Dvareckas, Boston Cyberarts Gallery, USA

THE GOOGLE TRILOGY – 1.Report a Problem and THE GOOGLE TRILOGY – 3.The Driver and the Cameras were exhibited together at:

  • Jarach Gallery, Echo Back. Figure di Interferenza (2013), curated by Stefano Coletto, Venice, Italy
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Autonomies (2013), curated by NAPON (Institute for flexible cultures and technologies), Novi Sad, Serbia




Fair Game. Martha Buskirk On Networked Photography and Copyright
magazine, summer 2014, vol.52, no.10. (eng)
WIRED, Italian Edition
Street View, Google abbiamo un problema
2013. (ita)
WIRED, Japanese Edition
Incredible Glitches from Google Street View
2014 (jap)



WIRED Japanese edition
Enhanced Vision
magazine, vol.13, September 2014. (jap)
Visual Studies
“Navigating the Operative Image”
Routledge, Vol. 29, No.3, pp. 261-271.(eng)
The Huffington Post
Google Street View Glitches Become Beautiful Art
2013. (eng)
The New Aesthetic and Art: Constellations of the Postdigital
Book edited by Scott Contreras-Koterbay and Lukasz Mirocha
Institute of Network Cultures, 2016. (eng)



Behind the Smart World: Saving, Deleting and Resurfacing Data
THE GOOGLE TRILOGY: Or How To Play With Google Street View
AMRO Research Lab 2015. (eng)
ETC Media
La photographie avalée par le numérique
v.106, automne/hiver 2015. (fra)
Le Monde
Avez-vous déjà vu les mutants de Google Street View?
2016. (fra)
“Emilio Vavarella Turns Google Street View Glitches Into Art”
2014. (eng)
Google Street View kann jetzt auch Kunst
2013. (deu)





Inspired by Google
2014. (eng)
Courier International – Le Monde
Aux frontières du réel
2014. (fra)



Emilio Vavarella
2013. (eng)
Blanc Magazine
“Report a Problem”
2013 (eng)
LAB magazine
The Shape of Information When No One is Looking & Report a Problem
n.6, online + print publication, 2013. (eng)
Photomediations Machine
The Google Trilogy
2013. (eng)



Exhibition Catalogue
Video Art Festival Miden, Street View Section
2013. (eng)
Google Street View kann jetzt auch Kunst
2013. (eng)
“שמן על באג”
2013. (heb)



“Autonomije u MSUV”
2013. (srp)
“Report a Problem. Kunstvolle Google-Street-View-Pannen”
2013. (deu)
“Künstler sammelte für Ausstellung Street View-Glitches”
2013. (aut)
“Artista transforma erros do Google no Street View em arte”
2013. (por)


“Google Street View Glitches Show A Haunting Digital World”
2013. (eng)
KOTAKU + Nicovideo + Excite
2013. (jap)
“Google Street View Art”
2013. (eng)
“Pannen bei Street View: Google Maps wandelt auf Apples Spuren”
2013. (deu)



Punto Geek
“Galería de arte con imágenes defectuosas de Google Street View”
2013. (spa)
“Questi Errori di Google Maps sono degni di una galleria d’arte”
2013. (ita)
22 Worlds
“Google Maps’ glitches as abstract, other-worldly digital art”
2013. (eng)
“Fotogaleria Erros do Street View dão origem a colecção de art”
2013. (por)
“Artista italiano transforma erros do Google Street View em exposição”
2013. (bra)



NowNews Seoul
“도시 한가운데 4차원 공간이? 희한한 ‘구글 스트리트 뷰”
2013. (kor)
Jogos Impossiveis
“Bugs do Google Street View mostram um mundo virtual assustador”
2013. (por)
“¿Se puede hacer arte de los fallos de Google Street View? ¡Sí!”
2013. (spa)
Exhibition Catalogue
Compress Decompress
2013. (eng)
NEW MEDIA ART EXPERIENCE: Media digitali, forme e contesti della produzione artistica contemporanea.
Doctoral Thesis in “Comunicazione e Nuove Tecnologie” by Paolo Mele, IULM University, Milan, Italy.
2014-15. (ita)