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Author: Triangulation

Section: NEW MEDIA

Date: 01.2014


Since Google started as search engine has been inspiring to work over and be creative using its multiple services, along the time it has created a lot of platforms to make our online life easier, connected and more enjoyable. Some people takes these features as a creative source of inspiration but other times as proper artistic work place or tools to create the artwork itself, even Google uses its own projects for the launching of, per example for the presentation of Google Docs they made this animation just using it as a tool, see here

In 2009 Google launched Chrome Experiments today there are 775 different experiments, to show web experiments written by the creative coding community. All of them are built in HTML5 and JavaScript using open web technologies such as Canvas, WebGL and WebRTC. Each experiment is submitted by the creator, some of the pioneers creating these experiments were Mr.doob, Casey Reas, Karsten Schmidt among others.

Aram Bartholl who has been exploring and bringing concepts from digital to physical and from online to offline, made Map in 2006 and which has been operative till this year, consisting in a public space installation questioning the red map marker of the location based search engine Google Maps. Aram is also part of the Free Art and Technology collective F.A.T which has Google in the front sight usually to protest about disagreements with the company, working through some funny parodies about the target subject. For example Fuck Google Glasses was mentioned in a previous post and they also made recently Google Driveless Car which it is not the first one the build, check out also How to build a fake Google Street View car


Map 2006/20013 – Aram Bartholl


Another physical project that was created in 2006 using the search engine was GOOGLE : ART an space covered with a huge print with all the thumbnails of the image search for the word ‘art’. But in 2012 Ben West and Felix Heyes went further using a similar concept, the created a Google book that you might use in case the internet goes off, as it contains the first Google Image for every word in the dictionary.


Google, 2012 by Ben West & Felix Heyes


Google Vase, created in 2011 by Daniel Michel is an interesting concept used to build an object from a Google research of the term itself “vase”. Eight pictures featuring different design of vases were analysed, the rotation outlines of these vases are arranged around a centre and connected by minimal surfaces in 3D construction software. Afterwards, the textures were set on the surfaces and the vase was printed by a 3D-Printer in ceramic powder and printer ink.
Google Vase, 2011 – Daniel Michel


One of the most interesting features from the search engine is the images section where a word is translated to a thousands of similar images containing that word, it is beautiful to see automatically that imagery compilation even for any word, algorithms do those kind of beauty things, but Dina Kelberman started a project in 2011 called I’m Google where she does manually and consciously a similar imagery research compiling the thumbnails organized through many different factors, properties and similarities based in form, composition, color, and theme.


I’m Google, 2011/ongoing – Dina Kelberman


Sebastian Schmieg is using the feature launched a couple of years ago called “Search by image” to do a series of recursive researches, he started with one image, then search again with result from the previous search, and the same with the next result, etc. He wrote some scripts to make the process easier. Finally Sebastian presented the different searches through videos, displaying the images following the same order he did searching the images. But in August of 2012 he made an online-live version of Search by image, see here. This live version documents a real-time-time recursive search that began with an empty, transparent image. Each image is chosen by Google’s “search by image” algorithm as the one looking most similar to the previous image. Every time somebody is on the page, the recursive search continues.


Search by image, 2011/ongoing – Sebastian Schmieg


Google Earth, Maps and Street View, as these technologies are developed, digital, virtual and reality are being more connected and fused. Helmut Smits made a conceptual series in 2008 passing and linking those 3 different fields, a piece titled Dead Pixel in Google Earth a burned square of 82 x 82 cm on public spaces which was supposed to be a black pixel on your screen from a certain altitude seen from Google Earth.

Since the service Maps was created, still one of my favourites projects is GlobalMove 2011 by JODI, a website using Google Maps, creating automatically generative shapes and drawings by the use of all its icons from the graphic user interface.


GlobalMove 2011 – JODI


Another popular project using this time Street View, it’s the one by Jon Rafman called 9 eyes. Jon uses this service exploring and researching the beauty and weird circumstances from unknown places (unconsciously) caught by the Google Street View Car.

More people is exploring different situations on this same service, for example Emilio Vavarella made several projects using it, one of them is called Report a Problem where he has discovered hundred of these errors and glitches caused by the nine cameras. It was curious while I working on this post I noticed Vavarella passed by the same place, same glitch, same frame than Jon Rafman took.


Report a Problem, 2012 – Emilio Vavarella


More interesting researches using this service it’s Postcards from Google Earth, 2010 by Clement Valla which was already mentioned here in a previous post.

Juxtapose, 2013 by Daniel Schwarz also explores glitches created by Google over its service Maps, it is a series of images that expose distant places, far from society, shown simultaneously under the force of contrary seasons and weather phenomena at varying times. The images arise from glitches which are created automatically when Google Maps’ algorithm stitches images of updated photos with prior recorded ones together in a grid- like view. The glitched images force viewers to interrogate how technology changes our understanding of time, space and place.


Juxtapose, 2013 – Daniel Schwarz


Street Views Patchwork also mentioned here in a previous post is a work made by Julien Levesque in 2009, consisting in a online collage series which shows nonexistent landscapes using 4 horizontally parts of existent landscapes around the world.
Talking about collages, The Eye of God made by Florian Freier in 2009 is a collage from Google Earth recreating a well known Andreas Gursky photograph.


The Eye of God. 2009 – Florian Freier


Some good concept starting from the classic interface of Google is The Revolving Internet, created in 2010 by Constant Dullaart a revolving version of the internet.
Some other variations of Google interfaces were created by Leonardo Solas also in 2010, a project title Google Variations, 2010 an open series of approximations to diverse aspects of Google.


The Revolving Internet, 2010 – Constant Dullaart


Google is constantly developing new and ongoing projects such as its powerful browser Google Chrome which runs many kind of applications, Jonas Lund has been hardly exploring this terrain working on some interesting extensions like Selfsurfing made in 2012, a Chrome extension that creates a self-surfing, auto-updating clone of his browser in real time.
Jonas’s browser has a server extension installed which transmits the current state of his browser to a intermediate server, which holds all relevant information. This information is then picked up by Selfsurfing extension.

Solaris is an exercise of dynamic camera motion in Google Street View, on a highway in the Chūō area of Central Tokyo. Inspired by a sequence of the motion picture Solaris (Tarkovsky 1972). All frames were captured in Google Streetview. This work is part of the project Low-Rez Stories, a project by Manuel Schmalstieg, a semi-narrative video installation based on the use of remote webcam feeds which are tracked by spider-bots, captured and combined into a self-generating cinematic video landscape.

Algorithmic Architecture made in 2012 by Charlie Behrens who said This short film is inspired by Kevin Slavin’s talk at the Geneva Lift conference last year Those Algorithms Which Govern Our Lives. It uses the weird nuances of when Google Earth doesn’t register 3D images correctly as a metaphor for how our cities’ architectural landscapes are being altered to suit the agendas of a myriad of computer algorithms


Algorithmic Architecture, 2012 – Charlie Behrens


Digital Detritus Dover, 2011 by Peter Root is part of an on-going series of digital installations situated in Google Earth. It was created by building 3d digital models and locating and animating them in Google Earth using KML code.


Digital Detritus Dover, 2011 – Peter Root


Google Faces created this year by Onformative detects all the faces that are hidden on the earth. Consists in an application that searches through one satellite image after the other, by feeding the face detection algorithm with the different landscapes and forms from the Earth.


Google Faces, 2013 – Onformative


Marco Cadioli usually plays and experiments with Google Earth in many ways to create his pieces. In this case Cadioli has transformed the Earth in something else changing the texture of the Earth by the watermelon and then he documented it through a movie called Google Melon, inspired from “2001: A Space Odyssey”. Check his website to see more projects using Google services such as Abstract Journeys


Google Melon, 2011 – Marco Cadioli


Kim Asendorf made recently his abstract and colourful Maps version using Google Maps.
Thomas Eberwein made in 2010 an interactive painting project over Google Maps called Untitled Painting inspired by Gerhard Richter’s overpainted photographs.


Maps, 2013 – Kim Asendorf


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