Sonic Eraser was a web-based application (Processing) that allowed users to digitally scar on the canvas of the Google Street View. The below shot represents a site in Buffalo’s downtown where a historical building was demolished in 2007. The site, currently, remains as a vacant (grass) lot. Making digital scars symbolically replicates the physical scars: invisible histories in the site that remain unseen in the Google Street View. In this work, I aimed to turn the Street View’s surface into a palimpsest, a canvas on which the audience could reinscribe their own stories/marks.
© Maryam Muliaee