While doing some research into artists who are working with landscape and mapping, I found this compelling video called “Primary and Other Remote Locations” which documents a project in the remote salt flats of Utah. Although the process was technical (algorithms, topographical data, pattern-matching, GPS tracing etc.), I found the explanation concise, and the results thought-provoking. In a nutshell: an artist utilizes data and pattern-mapping to select the “scene” that will be painted. How does this change the tradition (artist using their senses to select a scene), and how is the final work of impacted? My sense is that the artist continues to make a thousand small intuitive decisions along the way, and “finding” the scene is just one of many steps. I feel this is a great example of a collaboration between art and data.