Skyscapes: Berlin-Mitte


Title:Skyscapes: Berlin-Mitte
Date:February 2 - 28, 2023
Location:Berlin, Germany


"Skyscapes is a series of videos produced from photographs manipulated using historic cartographic techniques. Com- bining a personal exploration with a historical lens, photo- graphs of the sky around the artists home in Berlin are dis- torted using a custom piece of software utilizing mapping projections dating back as far as 150 AD.

In many cultures, the circle has historically represented uni- ty, perfection, and the heavens, while the square represented the earth with its four seasons, four elements, and four car- dinal directions. This translation between heaven and earth, or circle and square, is also evident in mapping projections as the translation between the spherical earth and the flat rectangular plain of a map.

For centuries cartographers have wrestled with the impossi- ble problem of how to most perfectly represent a spherical world on a flat page or screen. The unavoidable distortions in form and scale deriving from this flattening process (known

as a mapping projection) often communicate more than just a simple depiction of continents and are influenced by the biases of the mapmaker.

The Skyscapes series is a personal exploration of the sky and historical mapping algorithms. The resulting works re- present a combination of nature, history, cartography, and mathematics to communicate the complex relationship bet- ween bias and home."


/rosa is a project space on Rosa-Luxemburg Platz in Berlin. It is jointly run by Zentrum für Netzkunst (ZfN) and

Supported by: Parsons Paris | The New School

A partner event of transmediale 2023