<em>Every Surface (map_17_81776_38540_0)</em>

Clement Valla
Every Surface (map_17_81776_38540_0), 2013
Archival pigment ink on paper, mounted on aluminum
15 x 12 in / 38.1 x 30.5 cm

Every Surface is a collection of texture maps produced by one of the major online satellite 3D-maps. The texture maps are two-dimensional images used by computer software to add color information to the 3D model. We know these texture maps from seeing them wrapped around the 3D models of buildings, roads, skyscrapers, trees, hills, and topography. Here they are presented as is— flat 2D images— as they exist before they are parsed by the computer to produce the illusion of 3D space. These images are not made for humans to look at. They are meant to be seen and parsed by computers. They may look like glitched maps, disaster scenes, cubist collages, but these images are produced for other computers to use—to apply color and texture to 3d forms. These images are efficient vectors of information. The vast majority of these images will never be seen by humans. If that is the case, there is a possibility that these are not images anymore.

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