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

The Google Trilogy is a three-part project by Emilio Vavarella, 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. It’s 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 Drivers and the Cameras I went looking for faces that had escaped Google Street View’s algorithm and 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.





Exhibited all three parts together:

  • WE. THE ENEMY, at EUROPEAN MEDIA ART FESTIVAL (EMAF), (2014), Kunsthalle Osnabrueck, Germany
  • SLINGSHOT, Festival of Music, Eletronic Art & Technology, (2014), Athens GA, US

Exhibited only the first part

  • TRACE(s) Festival Des Arts Numeriques, Médiathéque Léon Alègre Bagnols-sur-Cèze, France
  • CURRENT 2014, The Santa Fe International Festival of New Media Art, (2014), curated by Parallel Studios, Santa Fe, US
  • Video Art Festival Miden, Street Views section, (2013), curated by Gioula Papadopoulou, in collaboration with CAMP (Contemporary Art Meeting Point), Kalamata and Athens, Greece

Exhibited only the third part:

  • 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

Exhibited the first and the third part together:

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

Exhibited online in all three parts:

  • Art & Copyright, (2013), curated by InterArtive, A platform for contemporary art and thought, #50, online exhibition
  • Report a Problem. Featured in Wander Web TV, (2013), curated by Tamara Lai, category: Experimental, online video gallery


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