Friday, April 12, 2013

Before Street View there was Overdrive

In the 1960's artist Ed Ruscha started documenting the buildings along LA's major boulevards by taking continuous photographs. Ed Ruscha's Streets of Los Angeles is now on view in the Overdrive Exhibition at the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

If the video above is any guide then the exhibition should prove fascinating. The video compares two continuous pans along Hollywood Boulevard, comparing the street in 1973 and 2002.

Artist Ant Carpendale has taken Street View as the inspiration for his short film The New View You. The film is an interesting look at identity and privacy in the digital age.

The ever increasing indoor Street View coverage on Google Maps is leading many companies to become ever more imaginative in how they present themselves on Google Maps. I like this Street View scene created by BDDP Unlimitef.


Coffee Sharing said...

Haha, I loved the video! Just shared it on facebook. Thanks for the link ;)
(btw, just found your blog some minutes ago, it looks interesting!)

Massimo said...

Thanks for this post! Ed Ruscha has always been onw of my favorite artists but I've never heard about this work before: very interesting!