Rivers as Straight Lines?

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WHAT IF YOU WOULD PULL RIVERS TO A STRAIGHT LINE?


What if You Would Pull Nile to a Straight Line?


"WHAT IF YOU WOULD PULL RIVERS TO A STRAIGHT LINE?" creates unique visual patterns of rivers landscapes as 'diagrammatic' strip maps rendered out of existing aerial images. This process reassembles one of the methods traditionally deployed in remote sensing's digital image acquisition: push broom (also: along-the-track) scanning -with a critical difference: it does not happen on a satellite over earth, but reiterates over (remixes) existing satellite image footage by software.

If maps are compensation for flying, and the riskless reality of Ikarus' phantasma (Christine Buci-​Gluchksmann: Der kartografische Blick in der Kunst), this is a simulation of Ikarus flying along rivers, and a brief adventure into experimental map-making inspired by river comparison maps and charts of the 19th century.

more sketches and preliminary material

screenshots of scanning software "satlisca"


3 inkjet print 120cm x 250cm, on Show at Kunstraum Schattendorf (2010)


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