Google Street View and Art

9-eyes.com is a fascinating collection of images from Google Street View, compiled by photographer Jon Rafman. We have here a scrapbook of shots from his virtual travels, a twist on the typical exotic location photographs so often used in portfolios.

from 9-eyes.com

from 9-eyes.com

Rafman didn’t take the photographs, but he chose them, he curated this exhibition for us to enjoy. Is that art? Well, what is art if not an expression of the artist’s thoughts, ideas, tastes? Why can’t curation itself be an art form?

from 9-eyes.com

from 9-eyes.com

The images are occasionally beautiful, often disturbing, and all have a voyeuristic sense of impermanence. I love the irony of using images taken by a robot to show humanity and nature in candid reality. And, of course, the idea that art is everywhere.

 

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