Clement Valla – Postcards From Google Earth
24 NOV, 2013
Clement Valla collect Google Earth images. He discovered strange moments where the illusion of a seamless representation of the Earthâ€™s surface seems to break down. At first, he thought they were glitches, or errors in the algorithm, but looking closer he realized the situation was actually more interesting â€” these images are not glitches. They are the absolute logical result of the system. They are an edge conditionâ€”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. 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
Clement Valla är född 1980 i New York. där han bor och arbetar. Han är utbildad på Rhode Island School of Design i Providence. Han har tidigare visat sina arbeten på bland annat Mulherin + Pollard, New York, Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney och Bitforms Gallery, NewYork.