Clement Valla collects Google Earth images. But these images are unusual in that they look Dali-inspired, what with bridges, roads and buildings that seem to be melting in the heat of the Sun. Apparently, these pictures give us an intriguing revelation of how Google Earth actually creates its images.
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.
You can read more about this fascinating process at: The Universal Texture.
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