While zooming-in and zooming-out in a ‘multi-perspectival digital bubble’ seems to have become the ubiquitous mode of self-orientation, this seminar exploits the notion that such environment, far from being a purely descriptive, passive representation of an “external reality”, it performs as a cognitive agent of cultural organization. It is the technologies through which we see and experience the world that define the way we construct it. Through a critical understanding of the histories of these modes of representation, of the social and political contexts from which they were developed, we can begin to recognize their impact on our contemporary culture.
There is virtually no aspect of our contemporary culture that is exempt from these technologies, and as they become more and more available to the public, as well as permeating through architecture practices, they unveil their potential as the fertile ground for intervention. This multi - layered dataset, a digital record of the physical surface of the earth, is the site of intervention for this class, a digital scene to produce multivalent narratives that explore the influence of contemporary surveying technologies on our every day life.
Created by ARC500 Professional Elective class at Syracuse University School of Architecture, Led by Assistant Professor Daniele Profeta.