In the PLACEMAKERS exhibit, step inside the world of Moments in Algorithmic Places, or MAPs, and discover the surreal yet familiar landscapes of three artists using 3D mapping software as their muse: Switzerland’s Regula Bochsler, San Francisco-based Jenny Odell, and Brooklyn-based Clement Valla.
Through their works, follow an oil pipeline across the US, see what a flattened 3D map looks like, and rearrange satellite images into the shapes of your choosing. Journey through a fictional city assembled from layers of reality, and find out how these artists scour mapping software in search drooping roads and mountain atolls rising from swimming pools.
Each artist explores the uncanny and ephemeral nature of 3D mapping, revealing strange yet picturesque visions of a world assembled by math. They hunt for anomalies, relocate landmarks, and embark on strange journeys. In capturing these moments, they make the ephemeral permanent and question the very nature of mapping and photography.
This exhibition is part of Image as Location, a week that explores the relationship between people, pictures, and places brought to you by Books in Browsers, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the Goethe Institut, Gray Area Art and Technology, swissnex San Francisco, and the Berkeley Center for New Media.
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