What If Google Maps Went Live? A Video Imagines Real-Time Surveillance

By Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg

In this short video, a public art event in the Netherlands is documented from the perspective of a Google satellite, creating an unnerving perspective on otherwise idyllic activities. The event, the flux/S Square One project , ransformed an industrial area in Eindhoven into an arena for creative expression. The project is not really commentary on the Google service so much as a chance to use it as a lens through which to view public space. flux/S explains, "What if Google Maps went live... offers an invitation to reclaim and redefine publics space as performative space; a space where people meet, share experiences, and act their way." The concept was developed by Moniker, a creative studio, and commissioned by flux/S. 

For more information on flux/S, visit http://www.flux-s.nl/.

Via The Curious Brain.

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