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Artful prankster creates Google Maps traffic jams by walking a cartful of old phones around Berlin

jason_derp Bronze badge


"What is the relationship between the art of enabling and techniques of supervision, control and regulation in Google's maps?"

I love how the lines between "artist", "prankster", and "[nsfw version of] goofoff" are so easily blended in the modern era by tech. I'm in no way knocking art or throwing shade on this person, but it makes me wonder what it must have been like in the past. Like, when artists hid dirty stuff in paintings back in the day, did they get talked about as much (proportionally speaking) as this guy is? Like, he has an article on a well-known website because he did what some people would just consider a lark.

Curious if anybody can think of any historical people off the top of their head who provoked such a weird venn diagram of interpretations of them as a person due to their artwork (and their artwork relied heavily on contemporary technology of their time). My only other though is Giger getting stopped at an airport for all of his "pornagraphic" paintings that he was transporting. Would that have happened with him if air compressors and the air brush weren't invented?

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