C5, The Analaogous Landscape (Mt. Fuji, Mt. Shasta)
Incorporated 1998, based in San Jose—
The Analogous Landscape (Mt. Shasta, Mt. Fuji), 2005
Two aluminum-cast sculptures and computer-generated projection
Courtesy of the artists
For The Analogous Landscape the new media art collective C5 utilizes data visualization systems in an innovative way—as an artistic medium. Using global positioning systems (GPS) to record their ascents, C5 climbed Mt. Fuji in Japan and Mt. Shasta in California, two of the volcanic mountains that make up the Pacific Ring of Fire. The purpose of the climb was comparative analysis—could they use the data from one climb to predict the navigational path for another? Here, C5 presents sculpted 3D models, using information provided by space shuttle and satellite, as well as video projections of the GPS tracking data.