THE GOOGLE TRILOGY | Report a ProblemMichele’s StoryThe Driver and the Cameras

2012. Lambda print on aluminum. 11 elements. X: 420cm; Y:20cm overall

Each Google Street View car is equipped with a Dodeca 2360 camera with eleven lenses, capable of photographing 360 degrees. Afterwards the photos are assembled, creating a stereoscopic view, and an algorithm developed by Google automatically blurs the faces of people to protect the privacy of those accidentally portrayed. To create this series of photographs, I went looking for faces that had escaped Google Street View’s algorithm and the eleven portraits I isolated immortalize the drivers of the Google car. The driver becomes a sort of phantom power; he appears where he shouldn’t be and his presence escapes censureship. His face is the symbol of an error yet at the same time shows a human side and, perhaps, the limits of technological power.



Exhibited at:

  • Presented during the talk “Computative Metamorphosis” at Expressive 2015, Idea Chain, (2015) curated by Angus Forbes and Anil Camci, Incubation Center of Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • #watch22, (2015), curated by Günter Minas, Bonifazius-Türme, Mainz, Germany
  • Luoghi Comuni Festival (2015), online exhibition, Italy
  • WE. THE ENEMY, at EUROPEAN MEDIA ART FESTIVAL (EMAF), (2014), Osnabrueck, Germany
  • SLINGSHOT, Festival of Music, Electronic Art & Technology, (2014), Athens GA, US
  • Echo Back. Figure di Interferenza (2013), curated by Stefano Coletto, Jarach Gallery, Venice, Italy
  • INTERNET&TACOS, curated by INTERNET&TACOS, space for digital culture and Internet politics, Hildesheim, Germany
  • Autonomies, curated by NAPON (Institute for flexible cultures and technologies), Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia
  • 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
  • Art & Copyright, (2013), curated by InterArtive, A platform for contemporary art and thought, #50, online exhibition



Photomediations Machine
The Google Trilogy
2013. (eng)
Compress Decompress
The Driver and the Cameras
Exhibition catalogue, 2013. (eng)



“Autonomije u MSUV”
2013. (srp)
Triplex – Radio Canada
Emilio Vavarella: quand les erreurs de Google deviennent de l’art
2014. (fra)