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The Atlas Project. A series of digital prints of photographic recordings of central public places worldwide with legends that include the title, a short description of the events during the recording and all relevant technical data.

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Wolfgang Weileder


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‘The Atlas Project’ is an ongoing archive of photographic recordings of public spaces in cities worldwide. It investigates the relationship between time and architectural space, how still photography can depict and decode the nature and use of these spaces, and how this might question our understanding of photographic processes. Using a new digital photography method developed for the project, the images render public places in time and space. A special high-resolution camera records a horizontal slice of space (one pixel high) in regular intervals over a predefined period of time. Each of these ‘slices’ is then layered on top of the previous one to form the image, the vertical axis representing time, and the horizontal axis representing space. The scale of each image, as well as its final dimension and proportion, is defined by the number of slices recorded (time axis) and the horizontal angle of view captured (space axis). The images render space not only as static but also as mutable. Unlike cartographical maps, composed of static geographical and architectural markings, these images describe and interpret places through human activities and time changes. Since 2009, public spaces in twenty-five international cities as far afield as Washington, Rome, Warsaw, Tokyo and Sydney, have been captured through the project. In an exhibition context the ‘Atlas’ is presented as a series of individual archival quality inkjet prints. The whole project will be shown in a touring exhibition in 2013 – 2015 funded gy an Arts Council Engand Grant (£15.000), the project will be launched with a solo show at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland (UK), in November 2013. Kunsthalle Recklinghausen (Germany) has confirmed a solo show of the project in July 2014.

Publication metadata

Artist(s): Weileder W

Publication type: Exhibition

Publication status: Published

Year: 2013

Venue: Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art

Location: Sunderland

Source Publication Date: 06/12/2013

Media of Output: Portfolio