“Thus we cover the universe with drawings we have lived. These drawings need not be exact. They need only to be tonalized on the mode of our inner space. But what a book would have to be written to decide all these problems! Space calls for action, and before action, the imagination is at work. It mows and ploughs. We should have to speak of the benefits of all these imaginary actions.”

Bachelard, Gaston, (1957 ) Poetics of Space

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Edward Burtynsky’s latest series of photographs is currently exhibited at the Flowers Gallery in London. The series is about Water around the globe, how we shape it and how it shapes us.

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Burtynsky’s photographs of Irrigation systems in Texas look (un)surprisingly like James Corner’s drawings in ‘Taking Measures across the American Landscape’, which we’ve discussed in the Unit. Drawings on landscape with water.

(image James Corner, landscape architect, Taking Measures across the American Landscape)

Photographer Edward Burtynsky has published a series of books on his landscape photographs

the exhibition at the Flowers Gallery on Cork Street, London is on until the 23rd of November


Ptolemy’s maps apparently date from circa 150 AC. Acting like an explorer, Ptolemy was well aware of the limited knowledge he had of the world at the time but still strived to represent it in his work ‘Georgaphia’.
Though the maps themselves were lost, they were redrawn in the 15th century with references he had written, using what looked like coordinates.

more images here


envisioning information 02Envisioning Information by Edward R. Tufte published in 1990 has become a reference on the visual representation of information and presents examples from a range of disciplines as varied as cartography, dance or music…

Chapter 1 : Escaping Flatland, starts with:

“Even though we navigate daily through a perceptual world of three spatial dimensions and reason occasionally about higheer dimensional arenas with mathematical ease, the world portrayed on our information displays is caught up in the two-dimensionality of the endless flatlands of paper and video screen. All communication between the readers of an image and the makers of an image must now take place on a two-dimensional surface. Escaping this flatland is the essential task of envisioning information – for all the interesting worlds (physical, biological, imaginary, human) that we seek to understand are inevitable and happily multivariate in nature. Not Flatlands.