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Pirates and Hustlers

June 30, 2007 12:00 pm to July 1, 2007

Fernando Sanchez and Sean Dockray present “Pirates and Hustlers” from Saturday June 30 - July 01, 2007, in front of TELIC Gallery. Noon to 6pm on both days.

Fernando Sanchez will be exhibiting and selling “Los Angeles Bootlegs”: photographs downloaded from the current exhibitions of Los Angeles art galleries web pages. In addition, he will be selling the art list of all the galleries and their corresponding images.

Sean Dockray will be selling dvd’s of art videos downloaded off the internet by some of the greatest artists of all time for $8. Each video is limited to an edition of 8 with the price doubling on each sale, going up to $1,024.

Pirates and Hustlers and the Sunday Dim Sum crowd

Pirates and Hustlers making money money

Pirates and Hustlers outside Telic

Pictures

DVDs

Airbrushing history

“Airbrushing history” is an interesting concept, particularly when applied to satellite imaging. I know it’s foolish to suggest that satellite photography makes claims toward authenticity and thruthfulness that regular old SLR photography can’t, but how often do we think about the man behind the satellite camera? Usually only when areas of the map are “blacked out,” censored by some political agenda.

How long will it be before there are hundreds of commercial competitors to Google Maps, all with their own ideologies and manipulations of history. A map that returns Europe to a glacier. One that shows every point on Earth during its most violent. Maybe a low budget map made of images stitched together from photos taken during cloudy weather, nothing but shades of grey.

Of course the giant, high resolution satellite map is a fiction. It’s never really even existed - it’s stored in pieces, only displayed in parts, and made by tiny satellites cutting razor’s edges over the Earth’s surface that add up over time to some simulation of a flattened map. It all reminds me of a story I heard about the very first “satellite photos” which were taken with regular old SLR cameras pointed out of the window of those rickety old 1960’s spaceships.

Google, the ubiquitous internet search business, has been asked by a US congressional committee why it was “airbrushing history” by replacing post-Hurricane Katrina satellite imagery on its map portal with images of the region as it existed before the storm destroyed neighbourhoods, uprooted trees and smashed bridges.

“Google’s use of old imagery appears to be doing the victims of Hurricane Katrina a great injustice,” wrote Brad Miller, who chairs a US House committee, to Google chief executive Eric Schmidt.

The virtual trip through pre-storm New Orleans is a surreal experience of scrolling across a landscape of packed parking lots and marinas full of boats. The reality is very different: entire neighbourhoods are now slab mosaics where houses once stood and shopping malls, churches and marinas are empty of life, or gone entirely.

So far, it’s unclear why the images were changed. Chikai Ohazama, who runs Google Earth, said governments often ask Google - whose corporate motto is “do no evil” - to change its imagery, but New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin says it had no hand in the matter.

From Google Wipes Katrina off the Map

Eitan Mendelowitz - Little Red

September 13, 2003 at 6:00 pm

 Installation view

Little Red is anti-censorware. Armed with a list of obscenities allegedly used by AOL to censor their chat rooms, Little Red reveals the vulgar and prurient subtext in the classic children’s tail “Little Red Riding Hood.” See video