The name of Jon Rafman’s blog, Nine Eyes, refers to the nine lenses on the car-mounted camera used to create Google street view. This roving camera captures a nearly 360 degree view of every street the car drives down, from Mexico to Iceland to your front door (just try it if you don’t believe me). While Google’s goal is to amass a comprehensive interactive, photographic map of the world, the project has accidentally spawned a diary of random events that Rafman, through what must have taken hours upon hours of searching, has isolated and compiled into his blog, a book and now “Free,” an exhibition at the New Museum.
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