Google Maps Offers Curatorial Solution For The Street Art Experience

Gaia, a Baltimore street artist has used Google Maps to create an archive of all his work.

Google Maps Offers Curatorial Solution For The Street Art Experience-2

Whether it’s Graffiti Research Lab’s LED guerilla actions or advertising agencies selling Banksy-marked walls of their buildings, the street art experience always poses curatorial issues for institutions wanting to collect and preserve such pieces for future generations. Some believe that such preservation desecrates the spatio-temporal experience embodied in the work. Moreover, while technology has previously posed a threat to institutions in making access to objects more ubiquitous (see Flickr), it is perhaps in the embrace of technology that these curatorial issues may find some solutions.

Hrag Vartanian points us to Baltimore street artists Gaia who has utilized Google Maps to create an archive of all his work. While this would change the “surprise” and temporary nature of many street works, the urban landscape offers a new way of thinking about institutional value as well as perhaps allows for the presentation of these types of works closer with their original contexts.

[Via: Hrag Vartanian]

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