What does Google Street View show of daily life in high crime areas? “404 Not Found” is a case study of violence based solely on an obsessional watching of Ciudad Juárez on GSV. Within three years of navigation, we gathered hundreds of screenshots documenting the ill-reputed Mexican border city. From the outset, however, our archive was forced to go underground. The images, even though freely accessible online, are protected by a copyright of Google and cannot be diffused outside the GSV platform. Given this legal paradox, how to react when encountering problematic images – for instance one that seems to show a female corpse lying under a plastic tarpaulin? Our work consists in elaborating strategies that allow us to communicate these images in spite of the legal interdiction. One option was “writing” them, transforming the machine-generated GSV footage into a sort of “forensics poetry”.

 

Athens Photo Festival 2017
Main Programme

[Looking for the Clouds]

Carine & Elisabeth Krecké (LU)
404 Not Found

Opening: Wednesday 14 June, 2017
Duration: 14 June – 30 July, 2017

Venue: Benaki Museum, Pireos St. Annexe
Opening hours: Tuesday, Wednesday: 11:00-21:00, Thursday: 11:00-23:00,
Friday-Sunday: 11:00-21:00