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THE GOOGLE TRILOGY – 1.Report a Problem, 2012. 100 digital photographs. One channel video projection; Duration: 05m 00s; Colors. No audio.

The series of 100 digital photos called Report a Problem is the first part of the project, THE GOOGLE TRILOGY, about the relationship between humans, power, and technological errors. “Report a Problem” is the message that appears at the bottom of the Google Street View screen, which allows viewers to report a problem during the viewing of the place they are virtually visiting: missing censorship, wrong colors, random appearances. 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. Common landscapes are transformed by Google’s unexpected technical errors into something new.




  • FLEFF 2016, Interface/Landscape, curated by Dale Hudson and Claudia Pederson, Ithaca College, NY, US
  • #watch22 (2015), curated by Günter Minas, Bonifazius-Türme, Mainz, Germany
  • 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
  • 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, Eletronic Art & Technology (2014), Athens GA, US
  • 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
  • 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

Report a Problem 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 TALKS, Technological Error, Power and Metamorphosis, moderated by Basak Senova, Vancouver Convention Center, Canada




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)





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)
Allons Enfant 5
interview by Andrea Bruciati, 2014. (ita)



Exhibition Catalogue
Video Art Festival Miden, Street View Section
2013. (eng)
Behind the Smart World: Saving, Deleting and Resurfacing Data
“THE GOOGLE TRILOGY: Or How To Play With Google Street View”
2016. (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)
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 Glitches Show A Haunting Digital World”
2013. (eng)
KOTAKU + Nicovideo + Excite
2013. (jap)
“Pannen bei Street View: Google Maps wandelt auf Apples Spuren”
2013. (deu)



ETC Media
“La photographie avalée par le numérique”
v.106, automne/hiver 2015. (fra)
“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)
NowNews Seoul
“도시 한가운데 4차원 공간이? 희한한 ‘구글 스트리트 뷰”
2013. (kor)
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)