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January 9, 2014 | Posted by | No Comments

Glitches Become Art

Image from "Report A Problem", Emilio Vavarella

Originally reported by Huffington Post:

Google Street View isn’t just for getting directions and looking at your childhood home anymore. Italian artist Emilio Vavarella has turned Google Street View into something beautiful.

Image from "Report A Problem", Emilio Vavarella

As Wired [magazine] first discovered, Vavarella’s project “Report A Problem” consists of 100 screenshots of Google Street View malfunctions. 

Image from "Report A Problem", Emilio Vavarella

We all knew you could find weird things (like people wearing horse-head masks) on Google Street View, but these bugs are more difficult to find. 

Image from "Report A Problem", Emilio Vavarella

The artist’s statement: “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.”

Image from "Report A Problem", Emilio Vavarella

The artist continues: “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.”

Image from "Report A Problem", Emilio Vavarella

Image from "Report A Problem", Emilio Vavarella

Who knew technical glitches could be so cool?