Anonymous Gods

Screen shots from Google Street View, 2014.

The Google robot automatically blurs every face it recognizes - including statues' ones. In the Las Vegas of Google Street View, the Sphinx’s flamboyant mask of Tutankhamun has been swapped out for the eroded face of its Egyptian model. Because, as indicated by the American company, "if one of our images contains an identifiable face [...] our technology automatically blurs certain elements to prevent that person from being identified." Blurred by Google, all faces are equal, regardless of scale. Anonymous Gods offers us the point of view of a robot that makes no distinction between humans and their representations, or the sacred and the profane. So these large statues – whether religious or commercial – are hidden from their seated observers on the other side.


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(fr) Dans le Las Vegas de Google Street View, le Sphinx a troqué son flamboyant masque de Touthankhamon contre le visage érodé de son modèle égyptien. Si l'une de nos images contient un visage identifiable […], notre technologie floute automatiquement ces éléments pour empêcher toute identification de la personne. Floutés par Google, tous les visages se valent. Ainsi ces grandes statues - religieuses ou commerciales - se dissimulent-elles de ceux qui les regardent, unilatéralement, depuis leur fauteuil.

Biel Festival of Photography display. © Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography, photo: Yannick Luthy, 2017.

Sphynx, Luxor, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Screenshot, 2014.

Lord Murugan Statue, Murugan, Batu Caves, Gombak, Malaysia. Screenshot, 2014.

Kannonyama, Kaga, Ishikawa, Japan. Screenshot, 2014.

Christ the King, Świebodzin, Poland. Screenshot, 2014.

Tulsa state fair commercial statue, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. Screenshot, 2014.

Variation media art fair 2016 exhibition view. Pigment printing under diasec: 40x22,25 cm each.

Standing Amitābha Buddha of Fo Guang Shan, Buddha (Amitābha), Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Screenshot, 2014.

Lady Liberty, Liberty Island, New York, USA. Screenshot, 2014.

Statue of Liberty, Havan Mall, Curitiba, Paraná, Brasil. Screenshot, 2014.

Statue of Liberty, Château d'Ax, Vedenheim, France. Screenshot, 2014.

Statue of Liberty, Colmar airport, France. Screenshot, 2014.

Amitābha Bouddha, Ushiku, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. Screenshot, 2014.

Cristo del Otero, Palencia, Castilla y León, Spain. Screenshot, 2014.

Great Buddha of Thailand, Buddha (Gautama), Ang Thong, Thailand. Screenshot, 2014.

The cornish miner, Kapunda, Australia. Screenshot, 2014.

Paul Bunyan statue, Bangor, Maine, USA. Screenshot, 2014.

Sendai Daikannon, Sendai, Japan. Screenshot, 2014.

Statua de San Carlo Borromeo, San Carlo, Piemonte, Italia. Screenshot, 2014.

Great Standing Maitreya Buddha, Emei Township, Hsinchu County, Taiwan. Screenshot, 2014.

Guze Jibo Daikannon of the Narita-san temple, Kannon (Guanyin) – Jibo Kannon, Kurume, Fukuoka prefecture, Japan. Screenshot, 2014.

Murugan, São Francisco, Canindé, Ceará, Brasil. Screenshot, 2014.

Mazu, Xinwu, Taoyuan, Taiwan. Screenshot, 2014.

Statue of Liberty, New York Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Screenshot, 2014.

Pigment printing under diasec: 40x22,25 cm each.

Pigment printing under diasec: 40x22,25 cm each.

Pigment printing under diasec: 40x22,25 cm each.

Pigment printing under diasec: 40x22,25 cm each.

Variation media art fair 2016 exhibition view. Pigment printing under diasec: 40x22,25 cm each.

Plaine saison exhibition view. Sphynx, Luxor, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Print on tarpaulin, 200 x 112,5 cm, 2014.