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David Colombini / ECAL 2013 / a Processing Workshop with Andreas Gysin
Project completed during a one-week processing workshop with Andreas Gysin on the theme of data communication. The workshop was asking how we might communicate data in a visual and interactive way.
The project is based on maps of the annual mean values of pollution in Switzerland, concentrating on fine particles (PM10).
From these map a 3D topography of Switzerland based not on the actual Swiss physical topography (relief: plateau, foothills and Alps), but on the variations of the values of pollution (PM10) measured every year.
Thus, the higher the pollution, the greater the relief will be. The result is a reversal of the Swiss terrain, cities: Ticino, Plateau and Valley Rhône become mountainous; while the Grisons Alps become flat.
The final result takes the form of an interactive map of the years 2003, 2007 and 2010 (built with processing) alongside a 3D physical print of each of these years pollution topography. The physical printing of these cards allows pollution - intangible - to acquire a certain materiality.