Cipher mapping

EDIT : Big oops, just saw Nathan mentioned it in his post last week … sorry about the doublon. This is still a good reference for me, for the reason mentioned below.


Currently, I keep working on my video (more on finishing the story board and doing the script so I will update another time) as well as the map for all my ciphers.

I found this fantastic reference recently that I will take inspiration from to do this map. It is similar in some aspects to the Million Dollar website that Natasha mentioned to me back in term 2.

The 1st of April, a social experiment started on reddit, a new subreddit called r/place. The rule was simple – a square space was given to all redditors (name given to people having an account on reddit), and each of them could add only one pixel per 5 minutes. What started as potential disaster became as real anarchist success. The following image sum up the evolution of the project :

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Also, an atlas was made to keep this final map, with annotations added by the community that explain each single icons (glyph/emoji ?), most of them being part of pop/internet culture.

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One particular idea I like (apart from the incredibly symbolic moment between France and Germany), is the “Rainbow road”. It embodies the connection between these icons that transcends the boundary given by the icon itself. I would reuse the same strategy on my ciphers too. It is another way to make ciphers interact together.

So I started to work on my “atlas”, although I want to have both plan and axonometric view as it is not only “2d pixels”. It is still in progress but I tried first in black, as mysterious cipher that we can hardly distinguish from one another. In that case I could use a similar technique as the previous atlas to highlight a cipher with location, material etc.

MAP 1 axo black

Then I tried with colours, using the same color palette as the illustrations I made for my thesis :

MAP 1 axo

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The idea behind the use of colours is to highlight different moments in the making of these ciphers. Many individuals collaborating via internet, like a website, by adding an extra shape here and there, using the alphabet of space I once did in the very beginning.

I plan on doing a line drawing of the final map later on too. More Campo Marzio looking.
Fundamentally the principle is : the cipher spread around the world, but relates to this strange website where they appears to be conceive.

Particularly happy to receive comments and ideas on these, references, aesthetic…, I have been looking at Paolozzi so far but maybe something else ?

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2 Responses to Cipher mapping

  1. Natasha Sandmeier says:

    your ‘rainbow road’ cypherspace reminds me a little of a drawing i’m trying to find that maridia did in the 4th year, but when i searched for it, this came up – and it also reminds me a bit of what you are trying to describe. her bits are also fragments on their own – unrelated, but when adjacent to another have new meaning. I wanted to suggest to you that some of your forms can now also become more descriptive – instead of just masses, perhaps they can start to suggest spaces, allude to some interiors (windows / doors?).
    http://conversations.aaschool.ac.uk/aa-honours-2016-maridia-kafetzopoulou-diploma-9/

    Also, her 4th year drawings that i was looking for:
    http://pr2015.aaschool.ac.uk/DIP-09/Maridia-Kafetzopoulou#image-10
    images 4-10.

    • Maxime Monin says:

      Yes ! I think that is the “Piranesi’s Carceri” feeling I hope to achieve at some point.
      I will try to include this “rainbow road” in my film; meaning that a cipher that will be found at some point will have a element that is a continuation of another one found onto another cipher. It is indeed very similar to the “spatial continuity” that Maridia explored.

      Because of the initial technique I picked up (Plaster CNC), I did not push further certain elements of my initial spatial alphabet (“frame” “passage” “enveloppe” notably) – impossible to do. But you are definitely right, also it will add more resolution to the map.