Alejandro Medina



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100 Ways of Visualizing a Forest (2017)


Cartography project in which I am utilizing data on deforestation made available online by NASA. The different visualizations begin to give a reading of forest’s everchanging state; constantly growing and shrinking in size.

The algorithm I am using to visualize deforestation is based on mapping techniques for weather/storms. I attempt to imbue the disaster that is deforestation with a language that is more familiar to us in order to help us begin to correlate it to actual danger. How would deforestation look, if it could actually be mapped for us to see?

The different projects, take different shapes. But the final visualizations are impossible to read into. They become testament to technology’s boundaries, and human’s innate desire to decipher nature (often times being faced with complexity far beyond our understanding).