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Eight Stories High, Comically Lo-Res, Visible for Twenty Miles: Spiraling Maps Atop Salesforce Tower

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Since its Lisbon premiere in April 2022, Eric Theise has given thirty-some performances of A Synesthete's Atlas–during which he manipulates projected digital maps in collaboration with improvising musicians–across North America. His Carto-OSC began life as a rapid prototyping tool for designing web maps but morphed into the platform he uses for real time cartography and video creation. February finds his single-channel work, If Map #5, appearing on the eight story high display that crowns San Francisco's Salesforce Tower, the second tallest building west of the Mississippi River. A series of performances within and beyond the Tower's viewshed are planned for February through April.

Theise will talk about his influences, the crowdsourced data and open source technologies he uses, the challenges of designing for a determinedly low resolution yet enormous, wraparound display, and the joys of collaborating with musicians/sound designers using a wide variety of instrumentation.

Eric Theise (he/him) is a San Francisco-based artist and geospatial software developer. Through video and real-time performance tools he reinvigorates the perceptual inquiries of structural filmmakers, experimental animators, the Light and Space movement, and visual poetry as new possibilities in the realm of digital cartography. his concerns include perceptual pleasure and fatigue, geographies of the natural and built environment, and subverting the presumed objectivity and authority of maps. His holds a Ph.D in Operations Research from the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences at Northwestern University

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