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.

 

319 McKibbin Street, Brooklyn, USA

319 McKibben Street, Brooklyn, USA | Paolo Cirio

 

319 McKibbin Street, Brooklyn, USA

Screen capture of Google Street View of 319 McKibben Street, Brooklyn, USA

 

 

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.

 

209 McKibbin Street, Brooklyn, USA

209 McKibbin Street, Brooklyn | Paolo Cirio

 

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270 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn | Paolo Cirio

 

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75 Morgan, Brooklyn | Paolo Cirio

 

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Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn | Paolo Cirio

 

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205 North 9th Ave, Brooklyn | Paolo Cirio

 

202 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn | Paolo Cirio

202 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn | Paolo Cirio

 

 

 

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