Sonic Eraser is an application that allows users to digitally scar on the canvas of the Google Street View. The shot is taken from google map and represents a site in Buffalo’s downtown where there was a body of architecture, a building that was demolished over the past decades and lost. The site, currently, remains as a vacant (grass) lot. The users’ practice of making a digital scar symbolically replicates the physical scar (invisible history) at/in the site. This way, the Street View’s surface turns into a palimpsestic canvas, on which one can is encouraged to reinscribe another history. This is is speculative act, and works against the truth (technology ‘s discourse on which the Street View is based) represented for the site of a lost place.
© Maryam Muliaee 2019