“Mapping Ottawa” investigates the physical and mental conceptions of an urban environment using a digital hand-held scanner. It consists of a large format image that was created by assembling multiple scanned images of surfaces of downtown Ottawa.
“Mapping Ottawa” investigates the physical and mental conceptions of an urban environment using a digital hand-held scanner. It involves visual memory, cognitive experience, and the physical implications of a space. Using a digital medium, the hand-held scanner, I mapped surfaces of downtown Ottawa (walls, streets, monuments, and so on). I assembled the images created by the scanner in digital post-processing in order to recreate a visual representation of the space. This project also involves performance because of the important physical implication of my body, due to the wanderings I undertook through the city to create this project. I assembled these images using only my memory as a guide (as opposed to a geographical map). The inaccuracy of memory and the way our minds visualize space served as driving forces for this project.
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