As Grow Op 2017 begins we’ve been lucky enough to get to chat with a few of the artists on their work and process. Below is our conversation with Shadi Ramos about her installation ‘Augmented Topography,’ an interactive sandbox that creates topographic forms!
What is Augmented Topography; how it will work, and how individuals will be able to interact with the piece?
Augmented topography is an interactive sandbox that uses a xbox sensor along with a projector allowing users to create topographic form in real time. Users move sand manually to create hills and valleys. The sensor detects the elevation of the topography and projects a colour based contour map onto the sand. This interactive tool is helpful in teaching about landscape form and topographic representation.
How did you come to use artistic expressions in topics such as topography and geology? Have these things always been connected for you?
I have been teaching graduate and undergraduate programs for the past 5 years and have noticed how difficult it can be for students to understand topographic visualizations. Representing 3D topography on a 2D surface (paper or computer screen) can be quite difficult to teach and to understand. This is the reason I became interested in building the sandbox. This tool has been extremely helpful in quickly explaining this 3D to 2D translation.
How have advancements in technology changed the way individuals interact with and understand subjects such as topography?
In comparison to architecture, landscape architecture’s use of digital technologies is fairly limited. The application of advanced technology to the creation and representation of topographic form is still not something that is done as often as it can be or should be done. These new digital tools can be extremely helpful in understanding the complex systems that make up a landscape, we just need to invest the time and effort into figuring out how to apply them to the study of landscape architecture.
What does Grow Op mean to you?
The Grow Op to me is a unique opportunity to talk about, represent, and teach landscape systems. It is a unique exhibition that allows for discussion at all scales from the micro detail of flora to the macro forms of topography.
Grow Op 2017 Exhibition Hours:
Wed Apr. 19, 7-9pm | Thurs Apr. 20, 11-8pm | Fri Apr. 21, 11-10pm | Sat Apr. 22, 10am-9pm | Sun Apr. 23, 10-5pm