What if You Would Pull Rivers Into Straight Lines?

Experimental Cartography (2011/2010)


The Nile river as a line.

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

If maps are compensation for flying, and the risk-less reality of Icarus' phantasm (Christine Buci-​Glucksmann: "Der kartografische Blick in der Kunst" / The cartographic gaze in the Arts), this is a simulation of Icarus flying along rivers, and a brief adventure into experimental map-making inspired by river comparison maps and charts of the 19th century.

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see also:

The Danube Panorama Project (rev.) (2022)
River Studies (2005-2017)
The Danube Panorama Project (2006)

screenshot of scanning software
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3 inkjet print á 120cm x 250cm, on Show at Kunstraum Schattendorf (2010)

(Historical) Inspirations

A historical Missippi map
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