New Cartographies: An Atlas of Clouds

This project investigates a new frontier of public space made of air (and Ether), enabling human relations to exist on a vertical axis where clouds, altitude and invisibility become habitable and tangible. Using new reactive materials for printmaking, video and installation, I will create a new body of work including interactive prints on paper, embracing boundless sites and embodying the unseen. These works aim to devise a new framework for ‘space-thinking’ and therefore, shine a light onto a new phase of cultural practices, policy and politics that recognize the planet and its elements as a form of vast public space.

Below are some initial experiments combining printmaking methods and using reactive inks, to represent invisible or impossible landscapes. 

Today, human exchanges are happening on a ‘cloud’ or through online ‘shopping carts’. These highly designed metaphors facilitate mediation but undermine our material reality by concealing the apparatus behind virtual space, contactless encounters and global connection. Meanwhile, a new framework of space-monitoring and space-based information systems is emerging, one that radically challenges our definitions of publicness and the scope of human influence on earth and in the sky: from drones and wireless communication to geopolitics, ecological activism and even site-specific art.

This project employs an aesthetic exploration of the ‘cloud’, including its most contemporary manifestations in visual culture and technology: from allegoric representations to cloud computing networks. Using cutting-edge materials for printmaking (i.e. thermocrhomic inks) to represent invisible or impossible landscapes, I will capture contested visions of the virtual, physical and symbolic spaces that sustain human exchanges today.