The Profiles of Moving Exploitations



The Profiles of Moving Exploitations (LINEasia)

2009
Designer: Andrea Dietz



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Using primarily line graphic, and constructed on three layers, Line Asia is a research into geographical and topographical condition of the continent, presenting various data that are related to the land use.

(1) Geographical Base
The geographical base layer is composed of manipulated maps of Asia from the Geographical Information System. At the bottom three-quarters of the drawing, the conventional map of the world is flattened and stretched to accomodate the dimension and proportion of this drawing. Over the map is a series red lines between different cities, connecting 18 cities that Kyong Park has visited in his three separate expeditions, linked according to the actual path of his travels, thus as three independent looping red lines. A series of grey lines between these cities conceptually connect these cities horizontally, simulating what would have been if his travel was a single expedition, like the Old Silk Roads have functioned. He did not travel along the grey lines. Here, Kyong Park's travel is represented according to the condition of actual geography.

On the top one-quarter of the drawing, Kyong Park's travels has been laid out according to his exact travel patterns over the continious and standard narration of time in one continuous blue line .Continuous blue lines indicates his travels by air, and dashed lines indicate his travel by land. The time of travel is indicated above the blue lines. Dotted blue lines are also used to connect cities between his expeditions, for example Beijing, the last city of his first expedition, and Istanbul, the first city of his second expedition. However, the time of travel is absent on the blue lines between his expedition. Here the conventional world map is sliced and reassembled together, according to his, or contemporary, fragmented pattern of travel, creating New Silk Roads.

On the three-quarters of the drawing, geography determines the representation of his travel, like in the continuous linear system of the Old Silk Roads, while on the top one-quarter of the drawing, the contemporary fragmented and round about travel pattern fragments and re-orders the geography according to human behavior. The drawing, therefore, visualizes the space and time contradiction between the Old Silk Roads and the New Silk Roads, and the disjointed relationship between our movements and landscapes.

Along the dividing line between the top one-quarter of the drawing [world map drawn in red] and the bottom three-quarters of the drawing [the world map drawn in blue] is a graphic contour of two related data. Rising vertically in a seismic grey line is the topographical elevations of Asia, along the straight line between the 18 cities that Kyong Park has travelled. Gathered from the Geographical Information System, this seismic grey line is an actual cross section of the land mass of Asia, from Istanbul to Tokyo, vertically exaggerated so that the rise and fall of the land could be visible in the proportion and scale of this drawing.

Falling vertically, along the same line as the topographic elevations of Asia, is a continuous red dotted line. This line indicates the population of all major cities that lies on the straight lines between the 18 cities that Kyong Park. Cities of his visit, and major cities between them are identified by name and the number of population. The population magnitude of the 18 cities of New Silk Roads are visualized by different diameters of red circles with blue infills, while the territorial size of the 18 cities are indicated by different diameters of red circles with no infill color. The purpose of having the topography of landscape and the level of population along the same shared line, is to visualize the relationship between land and people, at least in numerical terms.

(2) Statistical Data
Various data of 10 locations of New Silk Roads [8 cities and 2 nations] are grouped together, into a collection of line graphics. These accumulation of facts and figures for each city are grouped into four categories; Land, People, Culture, and Economics. Each group is identified by different graphic type of graphic line or color. And within each group, there are several different line graphics that visualizes specific data, identified by a line of text that begins from the beginning or the end of each line graphic.

The Y-axis of these line graphics of Statistical Date represent the values of data subject. However, each subject has different unit of measure, as there are either no international measurement standard for these subjects, or they were exaggerated to make them visually relative to other subjects. For example, the value in one graph may be 0-10,000, while in another 0-1 million. Each subject also has their own zero measurement line, located at different height of the drawing. Thus, the subjects' value in measurement does not reflect consistent values, only proportional values.

The X-axis or the horizontal grid, at the very bottom of the drawing are a measure of time, with each block representing one year. The time span of our Statistical Data covers only one century at most. At Each line, data is articulated by short explanortory text ▪ The critique network layer, a gathering of phrases from a variety texts scattered dynamically over the visual field, encourages conceptual connections through the surfaces of the representation. They themselves are connected by lines, to indicate network of relations between them.

The purpose of the Statistical Data is to provide a general information about each city, and to visualize the possible relations between data.

(3) Critique Network
Various short phrases were collected different books and articles, and were position at different geographical and statistical locations. They are to critique the inherent short falls of data or geographic mappings, that they in fact are not factual, only an approximation. Phrases contextualize them with economic, cultural and political, even philosophical understandings and definitions of data and geography, to give them further accuracy. These phrases are networked together by thin blue lines, to offer relational thoughts between themselves.