The Nine Eyes of Google Street View

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A858, Eilean Siar, United Kingdom, 2011 Archival Pigment Print On Hahnemühle Paper 101 X 162 Cm © Courtesy of the Artist and Saatchi Gallery
The Nine Eyes of Google Street View

Duke of York's HQ
King's Road
London SW3 4SQ
United Kingdom
October 14th, 2012 - November 4th, 2012

chelsea, belgravia
Sun-Sat 10-6; last entry 5:30pm


26 July - 3 September,        27 September - 7 October,        14 October - 4 November

In 2007 Google sent out an army of hybrid electric automobiles, each one bearing nine cameras on a single pole. Armed with a GPS and three laser range scanners, this fleet of cars began an endless quest to photograph every highway and byway in the free world.

A year after Google Street View was launched, Montreal-based artist Jon Rafman started collecting screen captures from the site - accidents and incidents never intended for public consumption, as well as moments reminiscent of the photographic styles of real photographers. The result is his ongoing series The Nine Eyes of Google Street View, part of which will be shown for the first time in the UK at the Saatchi Gallery.

With its supposedly neutral gaze, the Street View photography had a spontaneous quality unspoiled by the sensitivities or agendas of a human photographer... capturing fragments of reality stripped of all cultural intentions. Jon Rafman