THE DRIVER AND THE CAMERAS

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

2012. Lambda print on aluminium. 11 elements. X: 210cm; Y:10cm 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.


 


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Exhibited at:

  • 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

 

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