Jon Rafman @ Saatchi Gallery

A new exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London is set to display Jon Rafman’s artistic interpretation of Google Maps’ Street View photography.

Entitled the Nine Eyes of Google Street View, the show features Rafman’s edit of screen grabs from Google’s Street View cameras, which he then uses to create large scale works, either by presenting candid unplanned moments or by manipulating the images.

Every image used comes from one of Google Street View’s nine car-mounted cameras, which set out in 2007 to record the view of every road in the world.

As a result, the fixed lenses – eight feet above the road and entirely automated – show a dispassionate view of the world which always comes from a uniform viewpoint.

Rafman says: “This very way of recording our world, this tension between an automated camera and a human who seeks meaning, reflects our modern experience.”

Works on show range from city scenes to large scale wilderness landscapes and photojournalistic documentation of public events. Rafman’s edit also includes family beach snapshots and quirky moments of unpredictable natural events, while psychedelic abstractions are produced by Rafman’s data compression and by camera errors.
The Google copyright and directional compass arrows are retained in the shots. Rafman’s Nine Eyes has previously been seen in Canada as a solo show and as part of a group show in Russia.
The Saatchi Gallery show runs from Jul 26 to Aug 19.

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