Cycle Routes, Visualized Landscapes, And Lofdrone
Videos: Camila Romero I., Joaquín Cerda D., Francisca Salas P. / Edition: Verónica Aguirre L. / Musica: Francisco Pérez F. / Text:Lofscapes

 Cycle Routes, Visualized Landscapes and LOFdrone in a video that summarizes our four months on the air.

This video, edited from a selection of our publications in these four months on the air, subscribes to the contemporary disciplinary vision that establishes the longue durée as an intrinsic condition of the landscape: it cannot be captured in a single moment because it is always becoming something, gathering its processes of ideation, materialization, growth and decay. Although the long duration of the landscape is recognizable in its spatial, programmatic and/or material transformations over time, one of the main difficulties today is precisely the formulation of mapping techniques capable of accounting for the complexities of landscapes always in process.

It is proposed that, although the space on a map and a photograph are adapted to show with great precision the visible details of a place, these cannot convey the realities of their location, the narratives derived from the history of their own configuration, the material qualities of a place or the physical sensation of being there. For this reason, we present three types of dynamic representation in an attempt to complete the visualization of the long duration of the landscape: from the bicycle and its routes in motion, from the projection of two-dimensional images on a model that provoke and permit their three-dimensionalization, and from the flight of a drone. 

Particularly in view of the novelty of aerial visualization offered by drones or remotely manned aerial vehicles, we focus on this type of representation because, unlike the abstractions of the linked photographs of Google Earth or the registered views through webcams, the dronescapes constructed offer the virtual crew, immediately and as many times as possible and/or necessary, the precise distance to look again at our territories and thus evaluate what we have done to them. 

Recognition.  Tactic. Strategy. These three actions that synthesize the mechanisms to take control in a battlefield define the representations emanating from the drones, which are presented here as opportunities to present the landscape as a whole that needs to be explored, revealed and projected. This is how through our four months of systematic work we have tried to open the discussion about the possibilities offered by the visions registered by drones to represent the complexity of the perceptual experience, where a condition of dominance is revealed that establishes new relationships between our  ‘physical’ and ‘mental’ experience of a place.

Video: Camila Romero I., Joaquín Cerda D., Francisca Salas P. / Editing: Verónica Aguirre L. / Music: Francisco Pérez F.