Up Up Up II: Where Are These Buildings?

 
Installation view, T Sheila & Richard Riggs Gallery, Baltimore

Installation view, T Sheila & Richard Riggs Gallery, Baltimore

Single channel HD video, color, sound, 9 min 1 sec

2017, Edition of 3 + 1 AP

 

Although I left my hometown, Hefei, when I was 18, I were Googled it online one day and "walked" around the city. Unfortunately, most of the buildings are invisible and two-dimensional, almost paper-like, including my house. However, buildings of banks, trade centers, shopping malls, government buildings, and state-owned enterprises were three-dimensional models, as if they were monuments and landmarks. Google stopped the services for China Mainland in 2010. Who made these models, and for what reasons?

 

Selected images and video