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

Report a Problem by Emilio Vavarella, 2012. 100 digital photographs. Variable dimension / One channel video projection; Variable duration. 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.



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Exhibited at:

  • Eyedrum Gallery, Behind the Static, curated by Terry Coffey, Atlanta GA, US
  • #watch22, (2015), curated by Günter Minas, Bonifazius-Türme, Mainz, Germany
  • Expressive 2015, Idea Chain, (2015) curated by Angus Forbes and Anil Camci, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Luoghi Comuni Festival (2015), online exhibition, Italy
  • TRACE(s) Festival Des Arts Numeriques, (2014) Médiathéque Léon Alègre Bagnols-sur-Cèze, France
  • WE. THE ENEMY, at EUROPEAN MEDIA ART FESTIVAL (EMAF), (2014), Osnabrueck, Germany
  • SLINGSHOT, Festival of Music, Eletronic Art & Technology, (2014), Athens GA, US
  • CURRENT 2014, The Santa Fe International Festival of New Media Art, (2014), curated by Parallel Studios, Santa Fe, US
  • 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
  • Video Art Festival Miden, Street Views section, (2013) curated by Gioula Papadopoulou, in collaboration with CAMP (Contemporary Art Meeting Point), Kalamata and Athens, Greece
  • Art & Copyright, (2013) curated by InterArtive, A platform for contemporary art and thought, #50, online exhibition
  • 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)
NowNews Seoul
“도시 한가운데 4차원 공간이? 희한한 ‘구글 스트리트 뷰”
2013. (kor)
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)
“¿Se puede hacer arte de los fallos de Google Street View? ¡Sí!”
2013. (spa)



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)