Commissioned by the University of North Carolina Art Gallery at Chapel Hill, DRIVE is a media installation and performative art work.
I had the bug to hit the road and decided to drive across the data landscape that is the United States of America using Google Earth. For ten hours a day over seven days I sat at a white table in the gallery methodically directing the cursor of my computer as I would a real gas pedal Not too fast, not too slow. Along the way I took hundreds of photographs that were compiled into an image database of the journey available for gallery visitors to explore. At the conclusion of each day’s DRIVE, I combined select landscape images with the GPS satellite status data specific to my location. The large-format digital photographs slowly filled the gallery over the course of the week as they were sequentially introduced.
The beauty of this virtual American landscape is that of the view from the Google road.