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Jonah Parzen-Johnson is a Brooklyn-based baritone saxophonist and synth player who makes something to the effect of experimental folk music. There are elements of Appalachian folk and early electronic music, but the eerie, meditative result is entirely his own. Parzen-Johnson is worried about the deadening effect of nostalgia, and what we can do to stop […]

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When The Colbert Report first aired nine years ago, it seemed like you had all the time in the world to make it out to the studio and watch your favorite faux Republican stick it to Papa Bear Bill O’Reilly. But the end has come: Thursday December 18 is Stephen Colbert’s last show, and if […]

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Google Street View Egypt launched a new addition this week, giving internet users around the globe access to panoramic, 360 degree views of the Great Pyramids of Giza and other historical sites. Google can now add the Cairo Citadel, the necropolis of Saqqara and the Hanging Church to their list of documented monuments, which already featured the Colosseum, […]

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These Google Street View photos show just how quickly abandoned or foreclosed property in Detroit is overtaken by the forces of nature and poverty. Over the course of five years, houses have turned into vacant lots or were stripped down to skeletons. The resulting photos look like an entirely different place. It’s hard to believe […]

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There’s a minor kind of magic that happens every once in a while when you’re using Google Street View. You’re stepping along when all of a sudden the landscape drastically changes — buildings change hands, gentrification marches on, natural disasters happen. Because of the patchwork way in which Google sends cameras out to update its […]

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Decisive moments by Michael Wolf are very punchy. Doug Rickard’s captures are sprawl like landscape paintings. There are dozens of other artists who sensitively scour the infinite passages of Google Street View for good screengrabs, but Rhizome has just reminded us of Jon Rafman and he is the best at this. Everyone does car accidents. Rafman’s car accident is […]

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Urban Jungle is a Google Street View hack that, as the name suggests, adorns your city with trees, vines, and, with a bit of imagination on your end, sweltering heat and humidity. Creator Einar Öberg explains: Visit any place available in Street View by entering a location, drag the map to browse around and drop […]

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Last year, we showed you a bit of Williamsburg gentrification you could see happening before your eyes on Google Street View. Take one step down North 3rd Street near Kent Avenue, and a dilapidated warehouse turned into a shiny new apartment complex. Now, in a series called Vacated, artist Justin Blinder is building on that concept […]

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Some delightfully simple Google Maps art from Emilio Vavarella: “Report a Problem,” from the artist’s Google Trilogy, is a 100-image collection of screencapped images of glitches Vavarella found while wandering through Street View. That’s it. Writes Vavarella on his site: “Report a Problem” is the message that appears at the bottom of the Google Street View screen, which allows […]

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Those yearning for a quick escape from NYC drudgery can now get to the canals of Venice via Google Street View. I’ve never been to Venice. Seems cool, though! Google has been doing a lot of expanding of Street-Viewable territory; previously, we told you about the company’s trips through the Grand Canyon and the world’s tallest […]

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