Beyond the Landscape / ECAL

Artistic and algorithmic reinterpretation of a landscape. Workshop with 9 students in the foundation year option Media and Interaction Design.




Axidraw, Processing


3 days


Joanne Amstutz, Viktor Gagné, Alexandre Gambarini, Alicia Gantès, Ayten Gönel, Nikita Ivanov, Julie Turin, Charlotte Pralong, Charlotte Durig


ECAL, Renens


As part of this workshop, the students were asked to question the status of the map as a digital copy reflecting a real landscape. The restitution of a landscape in the form of data and by extension in the form of a map or data visualization can be more or less faithful to its real model. The students were confronted with different levels of abstraction and with the different layers that make up the landscape: nature, infrastructure, data (geological, demographic, topographic, etc.).

Each student had to choose a theme to deal with around the map and render it visually in the form of a script processing. The script generates an image in the form of vector lines which can then be drawn with the Axidraw (drawing plotter).

Among the possibilities, the students could choose to make a reconstructed (or inferred) map from data, invent a fictitious place or interpret an existing landscape in an abstract way.

Final presentation

Exhibition in ELAC from march 15th to 26th
Photo ECAL/Jimmy Rachez
Photo ECAL/Jimmy Rachez

Linked / Viktor Gagne

Map of the Starlink satellite network at various locations around the world. Point the UV lamp at the drawings to show the connections between the satellites.
Photo ECAL/Jimmy Rachez
Photo ECAL/Jimmy Rachez

Geoide / Alexandre Gambarini

Visualization of the earth's gravitational field and its anomalies based on the "Potstdam Gravity Potato".

Arctic / Ayten Gönel

Images illustrating the ice constituting the Arctic Circle pack ice in (from top to bottom): July 1984, July 1994, July 2004, July 2014. The horizontal lines represent ice formed less than 4 years ago and the vertical lines represent ice formed more than 4 years ago.

Digital Herbarium / Alicia Gantès

Scan of images from Anthony Huxley's book "MOUNTAIN FLOWERS" redrawn in bitmap on layers. The goal is to create a graphic and symbolic contrast between nature and technology.
Photo ECAL/Jimmy Rachez

Tree cover loss / Charlotte Pralong

Evolution of the loss of tree cover in Porto Velho, in the upper part of the Amazon basin. In particular, we can recognize the major waterway of South America, the Rio Madeira.
Photo ECAL/Jimmy Rachez

Altitudes / Julie Turin

Visualization of the topography of the Ticino region, image generated from a heigtmap from Swisstopo data.

Landscaping Time / Joanne Amstutz

Visualization of the evolution of the landscape surrounding the Rio Teles Pires every 10 years, starting from 1984 to 2014
Photo ECAL/Jimmy Rachez

Emotional day / Nikita Ivanov

Visualization of emotions nationwide (March 8-12) by conducting a survey.



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