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Miscellaneous > 17.4 Exhibition Design

Uncharted—Footnotes to the Atlas

by Studio Folder

“Uncharted—Footnotes to the Atlas” is an interactive installation made of a series of experimental visualisations about the infrastructure of contemporary cartography. It has been first presented as part of the Oslo Architecture Triennale exhibition at DOGA Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture (September 8th–November 27th, 2016).
The project aims to unearth the traces of the global remote sensing apparatus, its agenda and patterns of ownership, through the mapping of its objects, facilities, and data managed by different nation states and private corporations.
The installation is composed of two main elements. The first one is a lightweight metal frame that supports a set of forty-five custom-made globes—a comparative cartographic tool for exploring the data coverage of the Landsat programme between 1972 and 2016. It shows the evolution and fragmentation of the global mosaic of satellite imagery, as an evidence of the biased interests (and the evolving capabilities) that determined the advance of remote sensing technologies over the past decades.
The second element is a table divided into three sections: a data visualisation about the Landsat spheres; a photographic catalogue of sample anomalies, fractures, and aberrations from satellite imagery of the Svalbard archipelago (home to one of the most important satellite ground station in the world); a set of three physical models that represent a vertical section cut through the sky of Google Maps, that shows how different image providers are covering the Earth’s surface from different altitudes and at different resolutions.

  • Creative Directors Folder (Marco Ferrari, Elisa Pasqual)
  • Art Directors
  • Designers Marco Ferrari, Elisa Pasqual, Alessandro Busi, Aaron Gillett, Pietro Leoni, Francesca Lucchitta, Alessandro Mason, Giovanni Pignoni, Mariasilvia Poltronieri
  • Illustrators
  • Photographers Mattia Balsamini, Giovanni Pignoni
  • Editors
  • Copywriters
  • Production Gisto (Alessandro Mason)
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