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the Modeling; Albedo Patterns
2022 | 39 x 58cm | mixedmedia | ︎ ︎ scroll down




With the launch of the Reference Elevation Model of Antarctica (REMA), providing the highest resolution terrain datasets to date, the dream to map out the fabled continent of Antarctica and uncover it’s secrets seems to be near fulfilment. At the same time, this detailed topographic record can only be experienced through some kind of scientific mediation. REMA is constructed from thousands of images & Digital Elevation Models from various satellites, producing footage about geologic phenomena that no human could possibly witness. At least not from earth’s surface. One must enter in polar orbit (and stay there) to appreciate the continent’s gradual transformation. Apart from the physical displeasures, the result would be quite disorientating due to the loss of a stable horizon. Because with this loss of horizon also comes the departure of a stable paradigm of orientation, which supports concepts like up and down, and renders them useless.
Like the extraordinary achievement displayed by REMA, The Modeling: Albedo Patterns celebrate the capacities of humanity to create a technological sublime. But at the same time tries to reassess our fixed paradigm of orientation, reflecting the relationship between our perception of landscape formation and the visual technologies that shape this perception.

The Albedo Patterns works are part of the upcoming 2nd edition of Antarktikos, Light and Shadow (2023). ANTARKTIKOS is a print magazine, published once a year. This annual journal combines artistic and scientific exploration within the inspiring and thought-provoking context of Antarctica.



 
Mark