We’ve all used Google Earth’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. Jenny 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 a landscape altered by humans from the very inhuman perspective of a satellite’s remote camera.
Jenny 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.
I spoke with Jenny recently over the phone about her interest in Google Earth, some of the strange things she’s discovered about it, and her experience exhibiting her work for people who invented it at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View California.
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