Postcards from Google Earth by Clement Valla

May 6, 2011
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Postcards from Google Earth by Clement Valla

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Clement Valla, an instructor and designer in New York, created Postcards from Google Earth by exploiting angles in map images where the program warps data in order to transition from 3D space to 2D.

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Design, clementvalla, bridges
Design, clementvalla, bridges
Design, clementvalla, bridges
Design, clementvalla, bridges
Design, clementvalla, bridges
Design, clementvalla, bridges
Design, clementvalla, bridges

Clement's artist statement is an interesting read. He points out that new relationships can be created between existing elements:

"My work focuses on socio-technical systems that raise a number of interesting questions about authorship and human/computer relationships. I explore digital technologies that are not simply new tools to create and distribute copies of things but that also enable new social relationships through which people produce multiples. I treat existing artifacts, existing site conditions, market relationships, or networked and collaborative systems as programmable systems, using simple algorithmic methods: copying, repetition, iteration. When my programs run their course, inherent contradictions and absurd situations result from the very structure of the system itself, producing unfamiliar artifacts and juxtapositions." (Like his McDunco brand re-shaping program)

"Like an anamorphic projection, my programs produce distortions that reveal their own underlying logic, but also point to the system as it functions when we fail to notice it- when it works conventionally."

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See more of the Postcards on Clement's site.

Some other posts you might enjoy on our design blog:

Crumpled City Maps for Urban Jungles
Giant Toaster Mosaic Installation (Made with Toast)
Embedded Project: Architectural and Interactive Installation

Via Apartment Therapy

Jessica Patterson

Jessica Patterson

Hi, I'm Jessica. I'm a Designer and Writer at Drawbackwards and write for the Design Blog at Design.org. I enjoy vintage things, letterpress, publication design, and long walks around the Cesar Chavez Park pond. You can follow me on twitter at @jessdoodled for lots of fun randomness.

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