Alejandro Medina

        Selected Work


100 Ways of Visualizing a Forest (2017)

Cartography project in which I utilized data on deforestation made available online by NASA in order to try to map out it’s effects on a forest. The different visualizations begin to give a reading of forest’s everchanging state; constantly growing and shrinking in size and density.

The algorithm I am using is based on mapping techniques for weather/storms. I attempt to imbue the disaster that is deforestation with a visual language that in it’s basis is already familiar to us, in order to help us begin to be able to read into it.

How would deforestation look, if it could actually be mapped for us to see? What would be the visual language of a map that could accurately describe a phenomenon as complex and ever changing as a forest?

The 100 final visualizations I produced are all based on the same set of data, but visualized in completely different ways. Using both analogue and digital techniques.  

The resulting maps are impossible to read. They become testament to technology’s boundaries, the limitations of ecological data and human’s innate desire to decipher nature (often times being faced with complexity far beyond our understanding).