Jason Isolini versteckt experimentelle Collagen in der 3D-Ansicht auf Google-Maps und wenn man aus versehen falsch abbiegt, findet man sich auf einmal mitten in einer virtuellen Installation voller Emoji und Cliparts wieder, oder in einem Memorial für von selbstfahrenden Autos überfahrenen Menschen. Motherboards Headline ist natürlich Clickbait-Bullshit, niemand hackt hier etwas, der Mann lädt hoch, that’s it. Trotzdem nett.
Elaine Herzberg was killed on March 18, 2018 after being struck by an self-driving car that was being developed by Uber. The car detected her six seconds before the collision, but for reasons that are still unknown, the car did not apply the emergency brakes. Herzberg was 49 years old.
If you go to the site of the crash on Google Maps—Mill Avenue and Washington Street in Temple, Arizona—you’ll notice that the location is registered as a bus station stop. But if you enter the map’s 360-degree “Street View” tool, you’re met with a chaotic, immersive mishmash of stock art and photography that appear to be encasing the viewer. A crumpled up “THANK YOU” plastic bag overlain with a computer arrow and the text “Click Forward to your Perk.” “Users also bought” in a semi-transparent box. Uber patents. A gigantic can of corn.
It’s a memorial to Herzberg and an experimental art piece that’s hidden in plain sight in the largest mapping system in the world. Jason Isolini — a Brooklyn-based artist who has done work as a contracted photographer for Google Maps since 2017 — inserted this art into Google Maps by uploading the 360-degree image file to Google Business View, a tool designed to give businesses a way to upload images and information to Google Maps.