NON ARCHITECTURE | remote sensing | data SIMULATION | RESEARCH | 2017

Topological Amnesia, interlocks a high-res discrete data simulation on a digital data archive, retrieved by NASA using Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) at the Mauna Kea observatory, situated in a dormant volcano in Hawaii. The outputs are a series of data-visualisations.


The LiDAR apparatus encodes the material elements into Cartesian values, by calculating the time of flight of its emitted photons and their subsequent returns back to the scanning apparatus. The discrete data simulation informs these data values — electing, choosing and reflecting the myriad relations between each returning photons. Whatever is discarded from the predatory hunt in the simulation towards an aesthetic computation — the repelled, the exiled particulates and data values accrete into a pulverised regime of hypertopologies suspended in a non-architecture. These digit-sign surpluses of matter qua photons qua numerical particulates propagates through a digital spatiotemporality of their own. They break free the influence of the forces that bind them into the reign of algorithmic simulation. In the process breaking free and atrophying their primal positions that accrete together into the topology of the terrain — while shredding and reducing the singularities of information, that makes the visual identities of objects that are necessary for memory to function, into a swarm of dust — thus eroding the epidermis of the quarantined terrain through xerosis. The corrosion opens the hyper-topology of unlimited possibilities, feigning topological amnesia, where the basic shape and form of the world rots away into the impossible forms of all forms. An extra-terrestrial cerebral meningitis thus morphs the spatiality into a vertiginous fissure.