Jenny Odell from San Francisco has for several years made interesting work somewhere between research and aestetichs, collecting details from large satellite views.
You can see from pole to pole and across oceans and continents
and you can watch it turn and there's no strings holding it up,
and it's moving in a blackness that is almost beyond conception.
-Eugene Cernan, an astronaut on the Apollo 17,
on seeing the Earth from space.
In all of these prints, I collect things that I've cut out from Google Satellite View-- parking lots, silos, landfills, waste ponds. The view from a satellite is not a human one, nor is it one we were ever really meant to see. But it is precisely from this inhuman point of view that we are able to read our own humanity, in all of its tiny, repetitive marks upon the face of the earth. From this view, the lines that make up basketball courts and the scattered blue rectangles of swimming pools become like hieroglyphs that say: people were here. - Jenny Odell
For more interesting work, visit http://www.jennyodell.com/