Soms loopt het mis bij Google Earth, de applicatie waarmee men vrijwel elke plek op de wereld kan opzoeken met behulp van satelliet- en luchtfoto’s. Zo verschijnen er misvormde en surrealistische beelden op het scherm wanneer het 3D-model botst met 2D-parameters. Kunstenaar Clement Valla ging in zijn reeks “Postcards from Google Earth” op zoek naar de mooiste misvormingen.

The images are screenshots from Google Earth with basic color adjustments and cropping. I am collecting these new typologies as a means of conservation–as Google Earth improves its 3D models, its terrain, and its satellite imagery, these strange, surrealist depictions of our built environment and its relation to the natural landscape will disappear in favor of better illusionistic imagery. However, I think these strange mappings of the 2-dimensional and the 3-dimensional provide us with fabulous forms that are purely the result of algorithmic processes and not of human aesthetic decision making. They are artifacts worth preserving.

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