Global Print 2017
Global Print 2017 was an international exhibition of prints in Douro, Portugal curated by Nuno Canelas. 'Gods Eye IV', a digital inkjet print, was my work in the exhibition. The following is a description of the body of work to which it belongs: At any designated location in Google Street View, many images taken simultaneously by vehicle-mounted cameras are algorithmically stitched together into a hemispherical dome in order to create the eventual onscreen illusion of continuous 720 degrees of space. At ‘eye level’, the transition from one source image to the next is often undetectable, but by clicking and dragging that image downward, a look at the sky in GSV reveals a small something else. Reminiscent of the meeting of the paper strips that compose the surface of a globe, the source images at the apex of the sky come together noticeably. They stretch, squeeze and compress the material of the discreet digital images, making a spectacular little pattern. In a series of digital prints entitled God’s Eyes, I use images of sky as seen through the filter of this algorithmically generated composite in order to examine the relationship between the particulate nature of a subject matter (clouds in sky) and a pixelated distortion which disrupts the illusionistic space within the image. In making them into prints, I am interested in the way a heavily mediated envisioning might unintentionally interact with the world outside Google. Torn from context, their striations evoke a constricted iris and a closed aperture, a disembodied eye that cannot see.
Citation : Rahaim, M. (2017) Global Print 2017, Douro, August - September 2017.
Research Group : Fine Art Practices
Peer Reviewed : Yes
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