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barriers and walls

date: 2012-01-26 19:41
tagged as: linescan, walls, experiment

"Twelve years prior to 9/11, on November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall fell. This event seemed to announce a new beginning of the "happy '90s", Francis Fukuyama's utopia of the "end of history," the belief that liberal democracy had, in principle, won out, that the advent of a global liberal community was hovering just around the corner, and that the obstacles to this Hollywood-style ending were merely empirical and contingent (local pockets of resistance whose leaders had no yet grasped that their time was up). September 11, in contrast, symbolized the end of the Clintonite period, and heralded an era in which new walls were seen emerging everywhere: between Israel and the West Bank, around the European Union, along the US-Mexico border, but also within nationstates themselves." (Slavoj ˇi˛ek: First as tragedy, then as farce, London/New York: Verso 2009, 3)

The Ceuta border fence between Morocco and Spain


Autoput / A1

date: 2012-01-26 19:39
tagged as: Linescan, Experiment

After rivers and sea horizons I pointed the line-scan camera towards one of our most essential but also most boring contemporary infrastructure landscapes: The "Autobahn" (high- or freeway). It enabled easy, fast and cheap individual mass as well as cargo transportation, but certainly it's also source of noise and pollution over-shadowed by increasing energy consumption and rising oil prices.

Sampled with more than 4000 lines per second this scans create unique representations of a modern commonplace landscape.

A brief excerpt example follows (to see more go here):


flow map experiments

date: 2011-06-06 16:13
tagged as: flows, mapping, experiment, cartography

During a workshop session with amazing Philippe Rekacewicz, I experimented with flow maps both hand-drawn and with software:

Austria's direct investments abroad (net) 1998 and 2008

data source: Österreichische Nationalbank

hand-drawn maps for 1998 and 2008: