Glitches Become Art
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.
As Wired [magazine] first discovered, Vavarella’s project “Report A Problem” consists of 100 screenshots of Google Street View malfunctions.
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.
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.”
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.”
Who knew technical glitches could be so cool?