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:

  • #watch22, (2015), curated by Günter Minas, Bonifazius-Türme, Mainz, Germany
  • 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

  • Eyedrum Gallery, Behind the Static, 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
  • 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:

  • Luoghi Comuni Festival, (2015), online exhibition
  • 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




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)
The Huffington Post
Google Street View Glitches Become Beautiful Art
2013. (eng)





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
Compress Decompress
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)



“Italiano trasforma bug do Google Street View em Arte”
2014. (por)
Google Street View kann jetzt auch Kunst
2013. (eng)
“Glitches Become Art”
2013. (eng)
“Emilio Vavarella Turns Google Street View Glitches Into Art”
2014. (eng)



“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)