Born in Redondo Beach, California,
Lives in Brooklyn, New York
Networked software, 2 user stations, projection surface, projector
EARTH, a unique geo-spatial visualization system, represents a broad range of information about our planet in multiple data layers. The software accurately positions real-time data culled from the Internet on a three-dimensional model of the earth. Viewers are able to travel from layer to layer, retrieving imagery and data for specific regions. The outer layer consists of a detailed, three-dimensional outline of the earth’s coasts, based on United States Geological Survey data. This information is projected on a spherical mapping of GOES-10 weather satellite imagery. From this layer, users can zoom in on LANDSAT-7 satellite imagery of the earth’s surface. In EARTH’S final layer, the viewpoint switches to a local one. Here, viewers can "fly" through a five-degree by five-degree patch of the earth’s terrain and observe the current local weather conditions. The terrain geometry and textures are generated dynamically from raw data files available from a US military Web site.
EARTH is the living room globe of the digital age, giving users access to multiple data sources within one self-contained environment. However, it is less a tool than a reflection on the aesthetics of visualization models. Klima’s work points to the relativity of our "worldview" and perception as it manifests itself in processed and mediated live representations: the combination of statistical data and 2-D and 3-D views of the planet--all of which depict facts and "reality"--invites an examination of the validity of real-time data sources and highlights their respective aesthetics.