Potscarts from Google Earth
Clement Valla is a Brooklyn-based artist. Valla received a BA in Architecture from Columbia University and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Digital+Media. He is currently an assistant professor of Graphic Design at RISD.
"I collect Google Earth images and discovered strange moments where the Earth’s surface seems to break down. At first, I thought they were glitches, but I realized the situation was actually more interesting — these images are not glitches. They are the absolute logical result of the system. These jarring moments expose how Google Earth works, focusing our attention on the software. They reveal a new model of representation: 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."