- single-channel video
- HD, color
- stereo sound
- edition of 3 + 2 AP
Taking Jacopo de Barbariís Venetie, a famous woodcut from 1500, as a starting point, this project explores the documentís historic cartographic principles of composite imaging and spatial control, while shedding light on its newly scanned material life as an assemblage of digital micro-temporal events. The specific aspect of aerial view in motion the video targets is what we call proxistance, a combination of proximity and distance in one dynamic shot. This visual trope, we claim, powerfully contributes to perceiving reality as a model. In the video, an alternative genealogy of 3-D flyover maps is imagined by tracing aerial proxistance from technologies of wood cut and shading techniques, conflation of perspectives, and management of triangulation principles, to contemporary image analysis, data visualization and 3D modeling. The project brings into question the entangled histories of the moving image and spatial perception, while addressing the imaginative and emotional capacities increasingly colonized by aerial imaging and networked geospatial technologies.
Venetie 11111100001 was commissioned for the 2nd Research Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale and it is a part of Aerial View in Motion, a four-year artistic research project funded by Media Aesthetics, Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo and Norwegian University of Science and Technology and administered by the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme.