- Eclipses is a web art work that grabs maps from Google Maps and uses them to create images, mixing the maps together.
- We made made four editions of Eclipses until today. To create the first one, we listed the streets that were inside the area occupied by Percursos (Paths) art project, realized in September, 2007, in Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil.
- In the second version of Eclipses, we focused on the streets surrounding the Funarte (National Foundation for the Arts) space in São Paulo, where, in 2011, was presented the exhibition Lugares/Representações (Places/Representations).
- In 2016, we researched the streets of Recife around Torre Malakoff, an old astronomic observatory where the exhibition A cidade, as ruínas e depois (The city, the ruins and the aftermath) took place in 2016.
- Finally, in 2018, we created the Buenos Aires edition, on occasion of the participation of Eclipses in Byte Footage Festival. The festival was realized at Kircher Cultural Center, and we started with a list of streets around the space.
- For each selected street, we searched for the occurrences of streets with the same name in other cities of the same country, using Google Maps. We paid attention to search for the same kind of street: if, in São Paulo, there is “Angélica Avenue”, we typed “angélica avenue” in GoogleMaps; we ignored “angélica street”, “angélica square” and so on.
- The work begins with the names of four cities where Eclipses has been presented. After a city is selected, a list of streets of this is presented. The viewer has to choose some street to continue. When a street is chosen, Eclipses shows the map of each occurrence of the street, one after another.
- Each map is centered at the street with the name chosen by the viewer.
- After all the maps are shown, Eclipses creates an image, mixing all the maps, overlapping all the occurrences of the streets with the chosen name in the same country. This image is generated by the software, in real time.
A work by
Andrei Thomaz and Marina Camargo
Lucas Trindade and Andrei Thomaz