The global map has become, through the development of digital technology and digital mapping, a familiar and popular icon. In this work, I use this perception to make the world map a spectacular and fluid representation of a world in constant motion, where land masses become “a source of light”. The planetary map here seems to float in continuous motion. Even if it was conceived as a scientific construction for the control of the environment, it becomes here a playful and illusory work.
Thanks to a particular technique of painting on semi-transparent plates combined with a special light installation, I create light effects and dynamic reflections, which give this world map a fluid and continuous aspect, creating a radiant and illusory vision.
This installation reflects how the information we receive daily from the mass media contributes to the creation of a fragmented vision of the world. It seeks to address the way in which the media disseminate multiple statistical information about the countries of the world.
The combination of portraits and statistical data projected in rhythm over the highlighted countries leads the spectator to “read” the people represented on the basis of their physical features but especially through information concerning geography, economy or demography.
Today, these figures undoubtedly constitute our representation of the different countries and their inhabitants. However, they are purely scientific information that reduces each situation, event, person or place to numbers. The scientific data, apparently so precise and immutable, is the result of an analytical process often influenced by economic and political reasons as well as by the geopolitical situation of a given time period. The contemporary individual and his or her identity are now part of a scientific information mechanism. They is just one piece of data in a global analysis, a number in a calculation whose value is interpreted according to his or her position in this equation.
“Virtual horizons” are digital collages of landscapes of specific countries, each geo-located, thanks to an associated map which helps to give a position in reality to these apparently surreal places.
The material used for the collage comes from different images of landscapes that the search engines show us as representative of a given territory. These images are the product of a trend that increasingly follows “the popular and global visual taste”. The result is that the territories and places are represented by “cover images”. An aesthetic through which it emerges a new perception of various countries and their territories: they are all incredibly similar to each other and they create a homogeneous unreal vision.