In this project I preserve the clouds remaining in Google maps, crawling through Google Earth at higher zoom levels detecting clouds and posting them to a tumblr, together with its location.
Google started removing clouds from Google Earth, they are algorithmically edited out of the picture. The resulting image presents us with a world not only fully visible (and thus presumed knowable) but also static. The evidence of change is left out as in the early photographs which required the shutter to be open for a long time and thus registered only the things that persisted for a long time. The familiar street-level view transformed in this way looks eery, but the satellite image, already alien to our senses, can pass this illusion without us noticing that there is anything wrong. Clouds provide a twofold epistemological reminder: they are the fuzziness, the blur, the obscuration as part of knowing. They are also a constant reminder of the churning of the planetary engine, of the fact that change is a fundamental quality of our world.