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Bizarre Glitches In Google Earth That Make The World Look Like Surrealist Art

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Bizarre Glitches In Google Earth That Make The World Look Like Surrealist Art

Clement Valla is obsessed with finding glitches in Google maps.

The Brooklyn-based artist finds and collects errors in Google's satellite-mapping software that make the world look like it's melting and bending in impossible ways. She calls the series “Postcards from Google Earth”.

Google Earth is a database disguised as a photographic representation.

But what are we actually seeing here? Why are bridges and roads bending at impossible angles?

“At first, I thought they were glitches, or errors in the algorithm," Valla recalls, "but looking closer I realized the situation was actually more interesting – these images are not glitches. They are the absolute logical result of the system. They are an edge condition-an anomaly within the system, a nonstandard, an outlier, even, but not an error."

"These jarring moments expose how Google Earth works, focusing our attention on the software," she continues. "They reveal a new model of representation: not through indexical photographs but through automated data collection from a myriad of different sources constantly updated and endlessly combined to create a seamless illusion; Google Earth is a database disguised as a photographic representation."

"These uncanny images focus our attention on that process itself, and the network of algorithms, computers, storage systems, automated cameras, maps, pilots, engineers, photographers, surveyors and map-makers that generate them”.

Discover more of Valla's curated anomolies from Postcards from Google Earth.

Via Postcards from Google Earth

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