By Laura Kurgan
The maps during this ebook are drawn with satellites, assembled with pixels radioed from outer area, and comprised of facts; they checklist occasions of extreme clash and exhibit primary modifications in our methods of seeing and of experiencing area. those maps are outfitted with worldwide Positioning platforms (GPS), distant sensing satellites, or Geographic details platforms (GIS): electronic spatial and software program designed for such army and governmental makes use of as reconnaissance, secrecy, tracking, ballistics, the census, and nationwide defense. instead of shying clear of the politics and complexities in their meant makes use of, in Close Up at a Distance Laura Kurgan makes an attempt to light up them. Poised on the intersection of paintings, structure, activism, and geography, her research uncovers the implicit biases of the hot perspectives, the technique of recording details they current, and the recent areas they've got opened up.
Her presentation of those maps reclaims, repurposes, and discovers new or even inadvertent makes use of for them, together with documentary, memorial, protection, interpretation, political, or just aesthetic. GPS has been on hand to either civilians and the army because 1991; the area extensive internet democratized the distribution of knowledge in 1992; Google Earth has captured worldwide bird’s-eye perspectives in view that 2005. expertise has led to a innovative shift in our skill to navigate, inhabit, and outline the spatial realm. The strains of interactions, either actual and digital, charted by means of the maps in Close Up at a Distance outline this shift.