|SARAH JANSSEN (De), GoogleScape, 2010
GoogleScape is an internet project based the online application Google Street View. Random pictures of public spaces, taken by Google’s technology, are presented as if they were landscape photographs.
Since 2007, Google is photographing public spaces in different countries, attempting to document all places in the world. In some countries, like the Netherlands, nearly every public street has been photographed. How does the meaning of public space change, considering that maybe in the near future every space on earth can be virtually visited from anywhere?
GoogleScape is programmed to display a randomly chosen photograph taken in the Netherlands. Which image will be shown in the online gallery is determined by mere chance. The site calculates random values and coordinates and shows the corresponding picture from Google Street View. A new photo, sometimes surprisingly well-composed, is chosen every minute and also whenever the site is refreshed. The pictures, taken out of Google’s interactive user are put on a black background and equipped with a title. By presenting them as works of art, a reference to traditional Dutch landscape painting is made. The importance of documentary photography as well as the role of the photographer in the digital age is questioned.
Sarah Janssen born in Nordhorn, Germany in 1986. Lives and Works in Groningen, the Netherlands. Is Master of Fine Arts in Interactive Media and Environments by Frank Mohr International Masters (Hanze University). Exhibits / works at the level of new media, video art and photography regularly since 2009 Major exhibitions / events: Kunst im Kreishaus (solo), Nordhorn, Germany, 2015; Images from thin air (solo) Groningen, Netherlands, 2014; Altes Rathaus Neuenhaus (solo), Neuenhaus, Germany, 2014; The origin of pace, Noorderzon Festival, Groningen, Netherlands, 2012