(Image: by Jenny Odell, from “Satellite Landscapes”)
We’ve all been on Google Earth and used it’s satellite view or street view tools to get directions, find our way around a new city or just explore. My guest, artist Jenny Odell, has taken these tools a step further to use them as the subject of her work. Odell scrolls around Google Satellite view collecting images of uniquely man-made structures — like swimming pools, parking lots and landfills — and arranges them on large prints, a way of re-examining the human-built landscape from the very inhuman perspective of a satellite’s remote camera.
Odell has also explored the surreal moments captured by the google street view camera and has recently been working on a new series called “Every person on google earth” in which she removes everything but the people from Satellite views of public spaces like Pier 39 in San Francisco.
(Image: 206 Circular Farms from “Satellite Collections”)
(Image from “Google Floor View”)
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