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Pierre Casadebaig - Conflated Conflent (Verse)

My work on landscapes strives to balance an iconic representation of astronomy data (also seen on the cover of Joy Division Unknown Pleasures) and the meticulous Meridian series by Matt Deslauriers. For this particular piece, I worked around the data-to-ink ratio idea from data visualisation, a quick way to say that you should avoid using too much ink if it does not represent information (e.g. fillings, effects). In this case, sticking to lines to represent a landscape, I was curious how much data you can afford to drop while keeping a realistic representation.

I aimed to emulate etching drawings with code, starting from a chunk of data representing terrain elevation over a 50 x 50 km region of the Pyrénées (the broad Conflent region) and successively altering this dataset by adding noise and discarding information as a function of various attributes (elevation, slope, distance).

Sep 2022
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