IMD _Institute of Media and Design

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MEDIA DESIGN | Outskirt Phenomena

Mapping has always served to depict a space in a way, which could be read and understood by everyone. Through the combination of various drawing systems and the transfer of qualitative and quantitative information, spatial realities as well as temporal aspects can be depicted. Maps embody movement as well as standstill. They bring different levels of reality together graphically and therefore become effective instruments of analysis, which make the various relationships within a space transparent.

Collecting and Logging
The focus will be on examining the different city districts on the outskirts of Braunschweig. Through the systematic collection of separate aspects, an individual view of the city develops. The selection, abstraction and interpretation of the data materials found leave plenty of room for individual viewpoints, which lead to new images of the city.

Placing and Collage
Using an individual surveying system, the city districts were structured along a time axis. Repeating phenomena are set in relation to each other in the area. The tact of time leads to a rearrangement of the area. Through the layering of various systems, a complex network is formed, which intertwines the city phenomena with each other.

Abstracting and Coordinating
Limiting the depiction to linear and surface elements enables an open way of reading and leads to new interpretations of the examined topics. The information is further abstracted, individual codes are developed, and the phenomena are illustrated in diagrams. The goal is to expose referential systems, which span throughout the various levels.

Forms and Deforming
Within a frame, the lines and surfaces leave the background and develop a spatial pattern. The graphic is only a snapshot of a moment in time with a fixed viewpoint. If the elements move within the space, one can depart from this position and the lines begin to move against each other. The graphic must be interpreted with respect to the relationship between the figure and the background; elements become edges, surfaces, grooves, and folds.

Directed by:
Katharina Puhle