Haunting Google’s Street View
Brooklyn-based Italian artist Paolo Cirio creates provocative and intellectually stimulating media interventions that challenge us to take a closer look at everyday processes of communication. As part of his Google Street Ghosts project, has just added 7 new wheat-pasted posters to the walls of Williamsburg and Bushwick.
In our interview with Paolo last year, we explored his views on privacy and digital media. These concerns are at the base of one of his most widely covered projects, Street Ghosts. In this street art intervention Paolo prints life-size images of people who have been captured in Google Street View, then pastes them up in the exact location where they were originally captured. The result is a ghostly and illegal re-appropriation of the human images that Google takes without permission, but then claims as its own under copyright.