The project, presented at the NOPX Gallery in Turin, deals with landscape’s surveys, surveyors and cartographic systems.
Proceding the investigation on the line between real and fictive territories, the series of works and the artist’s book HOW TO FIND PLACES: OR MY PSEUDOSCIENCE OF WHEREABOUTS. focus on the manipulation of real elements in order to construct a simulated territory.
Mapping might well be called „The science of Whereabouts“.
A basic principle of this science is to take note of recognizable things.
But the application of a principle can be frequently useful and yet not wholly scientific.
FOOTMADE MAPS – or the distance method:
The only distance apparatus needed is a pair of legs to walk in the space looking for …
LANDSCAPE LANDSCAPE LANDSCAPE
Photos: Antonio La Grotta
The Bilby Tower was designed by Jasper S. Bilby, Chief Signalman for the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (C&GS) from 1884 to 1937. In 1926, based on his familiarity with wooden survey towers, steel pipe towers used by the U.S. Lake Survey, and popular steel windmill towers of the day, and probably his having seen toy Erector sets, Bilby designed a portable, reusable, galvanized steel survey tower.
Unique features: Essentially a giant Erector set, could be readily put up by five men in one day without a crane, used for observations, taken down by five men in half a day, transported via truck, and reused over and over.