• Putting history on the [counter]map: sculpting the Loire average monthly flow data from 1964 to 2022

    Putting history on the [counter]map: sculpting the Loire average monthly flow data from 1964 to 2022

    From the previous datasculpture “The Flood Necklace” as a first counter-map proposition, and after discussing with geologist and stratigraphist Zoltan Sylvester about his 3D river meandering model through time, emerged the question of how to give, in one glance, a physical and visual representation of the complete history of one’s river. Extending the reflection started…


  • Not “from above”, not from “far away”: data sculptures as counter-cartographies

    Not “from above”, not from “far away”: data sculptures as counter-cartographies

    Geographical knowledge as power, and the domination of the “from above” and “far away” views of the land Landscapes evolve at different time scales. In the context of the Anthropocene, such movement is even more dramatic, fast and deployed on big scales than ever before. Mankind has altered landscapes for millenniums, from cutting down forests…


  • “Making With Data”: Interview with co-author, associate professor of design & information, Samuel Huron

    “Making With Data”: Interview with co-author, associate professor of design & information, Samuel Huron

    Dr. Samuel Huron is an information designer and associate professor in the Design of information technologies inside the Social and Economic Science department of Télécom Paris at the Institut Polytechnique de Paris and part of the CNRS Institut Interdisciplinaire de l’Innovation. He leads the design studio telecom Paris tech at Telecom Paris and he is…


  • Photography as Scientific Data: the ASTER project, by Photographer Grégoire Eloy & Glaciologist Etienne Berthier 

    Photography as Scientific Data: the ASTER project, by Photographer Grégoire Eloy & Glaciologist Etienne Berthier 

    Grégoire Eloy is a french documentary photographer based in Paris and a member of the Tendance Floue agency. Born in 1971 in Cannes, he received the Niépce Gens d’Images price in 2021. Grégoire spent many years in the South Caucase photographing the populations displaced by the wars (‘Les oubliés du pipeline’ – The Forgotten Of…


  • Interview with Matthew Stewart, Model maker and Data-sculpture designer

    Interview with Matthew Stewart, Model maker and Data-sculpture designer

    Matthew Stewart graduated with a Modelmaking degree from Arts University Bournemouth in 2020. With a passion for sculpting data, Matthew is using his impressive range of technical skills to make artifacts shaped by datasets, while also developing a critical reflection about data physical representations as tools to convey meaning and knowledge to an audience. Could…


  • Interview with geology researcher Zoltán Sylvester: understanding river meandering through time

    Interview with geology researcher Zoltán Sylvester: understanding river meandering through time

    Zoltán Sylvester is a research scientist in the field of geology and a world-known sedimentologist, stratigrapher, and modeler. He is a co-PI of the Quantitative Clastics Laboratory (QCL) at the University of Texas at Austin in the United States. His work requires lots of data collection and processing, as well as the use of mathematical…


  • The making of the Loire river “Flood Necklace” data-object

    The making of the Loire river “Flood Necklace” data-object

    At the jonction of geography and design research, the Datartefact project is a proposition to revisit the knowledge and data we have (but usually don’t know about) on the landscapes evolution and local territories history. First attempt in that category of local geohistory datartefacts, somewhere between memorial objects and media objects, the “Flood Necklaces” embeds,…


  • Interview with Eimear Tynan : Landscape design, the Arctic coast, Time and Research through design

    Interview with Eimear Tynan : Landscape design, the Arctic coast, Time and Research through design

      By Anne-Laure Fréant, geographer & political art Master graduate & design student-researcher within the Craft, Objects and Computation research program, ESAD Orleans, France. June 2022 Eimear Tynan is a PhD fellow at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design in Norway (AHO). Originally from Ireland, Eimear holds two Masters of Landscape Architecture from University…


  • Discussion avec Pauline Gourlet : dataphysicalisation et design des données

    Discussion avec Pauline Gourlet  : dataphysicalisation et design des données

    Cet article fait la synthèse d’une discussion avec la designeuse et chercheuse Pauline Gourlet, en date du 1er Mars 2022, à distance. L’échange est retranscrit par Anne-Laure Fréant, géographe et chercheuse en design au sein du programme de recherche Object, Craft and Computation de l’ESAD Orléans, dans le cadre de sa recherche de troisième cycle…


  • Critical Shapes : anthropocene metrics as ceramic shapes

    Critical Shapes : anthropocene metrics as ceramic shapes

    I had the idea of making datartefacts and data sculpture for several years before having the chance to make a professional turn and join a design & art school. During breaks or in between data-articles I had to write or review in the context of my job as a data editor, I used to draw…


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