This is a video translation of my interactive installation of the same name. I was recently given the opportunity to create site specific work using projection for these retail windows located on Randolph St in the Chicago Loop. As research, I decided to take a “Google walk” to the location and I was haunted by the blurred faceless portraits created by Google’s face recognition software. Created in an attempt to mediate our right to privacy within its mapping technology, I question the algorithm’s success. Where are the original files? Are they being used in ways we don’t know? Is this really an acceptable mediation of surveillance in public space that happens to occur on a global scale? Google Street Portraits calls for transparency, and begs of its public to consider this context in other scenarios which, in stark contrast, the surveillance is not apparent and instead purposely veiled.

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