God’s Eye View, which depicts four biblical events as if captured by Google Earth, is the work of The Glue Society, a collective of writers, designers and art/ film directors based in Sydney, Australia.
Says Glue Society member James Dive:
We like to disorientate audiences a little with all our work. And with this piece we felt technology now allows events which may or may not have happened to be visualized and made to appear dramatically real. As a method of representation satellite photography is so trusted; it has been interesting to mess with that trust.
Dive reiterates something I wrote several weeks ago. New research shows that it is incredibly easy to create false memories with doctored photographs. Given the power that images can have over us – something the mass media has known for a long time – should we find it worrying that sophisticated technology for the realistic maipulation of images is cheap and widely available?
Regarding the parting of the Red Sea, I do not believe that the event occurred as depicted in the bible. I do, however, believe that the biblical account of this event is based on something that did happen, as seen through the eyes of technologically primitive people, and as recorded by a group with vested interests.
According to the bible, God parted the Red Sea in order to save Moses and the Israelites from the Pharaoh’s army. But this event, as well all but one of the biblical plagues of Egypt, and the pillar of fire which led Moses and his people to tehe Promised Land, is a cataclysmic mega-tsunami-causing earthquake on the Greek island of Santorini.