In a line of research of artists investigating the visual relationship between nature and mathematical and scientific information, Marc Dorf is specializing in the disconnected relationship between our physical environment and its digital representation. According to Marc Dorf, “when the calculated representation is compared to its real counterpart (…) there is very little or no physical or visual connection at all thus resulting in questions of definition – data vs. object and macroscopic vs. microscopic.”
A three dimensional rendering of a mountain doesn’t hold but the familiar form one can find in the natural environment, but there’s no physical connection to reality whatsoever. The binary codes, bits of 1′s and 0′s literally generate a new reality without referent. Yet, “these digital worlds are becoming ever present in our lives as technology continues to progress through math, science, personal computers, and the Internet. This transformation, manipulation, and breakdown of information is exactly what dilutes our primary understanding of the world we inhabit and inevitably leads us to create these new planes of existence and a digitally quantified perception.”
We can’t help speculating about the possible link (visual, only?) between Ettore Sottsass’, Superstudio’s and Archizoom’s 1970′s imagery and this kind of hybrid natural/digital artistic landscapes. (See, in particular, Ettore Sottsass’ Design of a floor on which your steps will be uncertain, 1974, from Metaphors. Via Ethel Baraona and Stefano Mirti).
Related: Found Functions Series by Nikki Graziano.