This collection presents a small selection of various finds by the artist John Rafman. As if trying to find a needle in a haystack, she carefully reviewed the Google Street View images and he really managed to find a lot of interesting things. This painstaking work helped to find fleeting moments of life from different parts of the world that really deserve attention.
John Rafman (1981) is an artist, filmmaker and essayist. He received degrees in Philosophy and Literature from McGill University and graduated from the School of the Arts at the Institute of Chicago. Many of his works and films have been shown internationally, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome and the New Museum of New York.
Rafman’s art explores the paradoxes of modernity, mixing irony, humor and melancholy. As an artist, he uses digital media, which gives his work great potential, backed by the power of modern technology. The subject of his research is human experience, John tries to show the historical role of art by depicting ambiguous contexts
Rafman’s most popular project is currently the Nine Eyes Google Street View series. The project has been featured in numerous major publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian and Harper’s
The name of the project “9 Eyes” parallels the nine cameras installed on the roofs of Google cars, which play an important role in mapping the world. These nine cameras automatically capture the entire landscape every 10–20 meters, creating a three-dimensional picture at the same time. Here is what Rafman himself says about this:
“The view of these cameras testifies, but does not affect the story. Google Street View photos are simple and impartial, do not attach any special meaning to a particular case or person. Devoid of context, history, or meaning, it is reinforced only by geospatial adjacency”