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Public Art by Satellite

An event is documented by a Google satellite, creating a new and unnerving lens through which to view public space.

In this short video, a public art event in the Netherlands is documented from the perspective of a Google satellite, creating an unnerving perspective on otherwise idyllic activities. The event, the flux/S Square One project , transformed an industrial area in Eindhoven into an arena for creative expression. The project is not really commentary on the Google service so much as a chance to use it as a lens through which to view public space. flux/S explains, "What if Google Maps went live... offers an invitation to reclaim and redefine public space as performative space; a space where people meet, share experiences, and act their way." The concept was developed by Moniker, a creative studio, and commissioned by flux/S. 

This post originally appeared on The Atlantic.

About the Author

  • Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg
    Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The Atlantic. More

    Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.