I would like to tell you a bit more about the process of doing this work,
because it was not done just because the Google Maps API is available to be
- in the last 5 years, aproximately, I have worked with mazes, in several
different ways. I have used algorithms of maze generation and maze solving,
played with games where mazes are present, and so on. Urban maps interest me
in the sense that the city can be seen as a kind of maze (or, at least, as a
space with some characteristics that are maze-like);
- my friend Marina has worked with maps in last years, but not with digital
maps (Google Maps stuff). Her main medium is drawing and, usually, she
doesn't make digital artworks.
This works was born from a shared interest (urban maps), exploring, mainly,
a work Marina had done, on paper, where she made a "eclipse" between two
wanted to explore digital maps (sites that use maps, travel guides,
GoogleMaps). So, our interest in this specific work was to automate the
procedure she had used in her drawing, and explore the way a same street
name can be found in several cities (seeing that as a kind of intersection
among different cities).
Of course, the development of Eclipses was only possible because of the
accessibility of Google Maps. But it comes from previous interests (and
previous work). We didn't ask "how can we use google maps?" to ourselves,
but we asked "how can we develop our shared interest in maps, exploring the
sites and services deploying maps in the Internet". I hope we are not so
'technologic centric' as you have appointed.
And, yes, maps can be fascinating.
On 9/29/07, Vijay Pattisapu <email@example.com
> So often when I am confronted with this kind of work, I wonder if maps
> really do mean so much to people.
> I doubt it. I think it's just the accessibility of the Google Maps API
> that's caused the surfeit of map-stuff.
> The visual part of my brain tends, when it occupies itself with
> details, to do so for the draftsmanship of people's faces, not urban
> On 29/09/2007, Andrei R. Thomaz <firstname.lastname@example.org
> > Eclipses
> > by Andrei Thomaz and Marina Camargo
> > Eclipses is a software that grabs maps from Google Maps and uses them to
> > create images, mixing the maps together. The maps show all the
> > occurrences of streets with the same name in brazilian cities. After
> > being shown, they are overlapped and combined, in real time.
> > Note: the list of streets is being continously updated, with no need to
> > download the software again.
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