Autographic visualisation really appeals to me, as one of my main ambitions with this project is to draw attention to often-overlooked parts of the city.
The framework of autographic visualization starts with the question: how would visualization practice look like if we consider data not as something abstract, but as something material?
Data visualization begins once data exists; the process of data collection remains mostly hidden. Autographic visualization starts with physical phenomena and ends with data.
Autographic visualization is a set of design operations that focus on revealing physical traces to make the process of data collection more legible and accountable.https://medium.com/multiple-views-visualization-research-explained/material-traces-as-autographic-visualizations-e814662aa60f
It generally produces quite visceral results, communicating with more visual immediacy than a neatly drawn illustration or infographic. Of course illustrations and infographics are also powerful tools for communication, but I have no need to convey detailed information in my work.
In the list of references below I might be taking a bit of a liberty with the definition of Autographic Visualisations – however, for the purposes of my project I am interested in how people have used elements of the environment to shape and create visual work. Anything that creates a direct link between the environment and the work itself.
Below are some previous material experiments I did using the cyanotype process.
Next steps based on this research-
- Document footsteps on a walk
- Bury some visual experiments
- Cyanotypes using local river/canal water
- Experiments to visualise the wind – powdered pigment, spray paint, spray bottle of ink