Nul Punt Wolk is a collaborative project developed by berte & harmey, an occasional artist duo, formed by Filip Berte (BE) and Cliona Harmey (IE). Nul Punt Wolk is a mapping project using a commoning methodology to enable an enhanced observation and re-envisioning of our habitat. Thematic filters are used as a lens to put known / unknown places into a dynamic constellation on a bare map. Once chosen, these places are activated through shared experiential walks (Shadow Walks), which act as a catalyst for further critical reflection and dialogue around ways of co-existence (living/doing/being).
Nul Punt Wolk is clustered around three interrelated modules which explore terrain (The Bare Map), language (Glossa) and iconic imagery (Afterimage).
The title of the project Nul Punt Wolk refers both to the zero point (the point of origin used in mapping/ geometry) as well as to the data sources used in 3D modelling (point clouds). The cloud (in Dutch: Wolk) acts as an open space of imagination reverberant with past histories yet with the potential for alternate futures.
The Bare Map :
The Bare Map is a core conceptual element of the Nul Punt Wolk project. It is a map stripped bare, devoid of buildings, vegetation and streets. The Bare Map is generated from available open GIS data. With its claylike appearance it is used as a tangible tool for speculative thought; what traces (historical/physical/other) do we see? If we were to start from scratch, what could be re-thought?
Ghent is taken as the starting point for prototyping The Bare Map (version 0.0). A number of specific locations are highlighted through the thematic lens of occlusion/visibility, inclusion/exclusion and accessibility.
In the future, Nul Punt Wolk will be further extended (re-versioned) and initiated in other contexts and locations.
Shadow Walk :
Selected sites on The Bare Map are activated by an experiential Shadow Walk; people circumnavigate their chosen site and look together as a mode of ‘enhanced observation’. During the walk, they share perspectives, thoughts, senses, subjectivities, and knowledge. If this material sticks, it will be used as an echo for further reflection and commoning (Glossa and Afterimage). Each Shadow Walk therefore could be seen both as making a temporary physical inscription into the terrain as well as forming a reverberant mental image.
Glossa is a glossary collectively generated through wordplay, discussion and memory, using the experience of the Shadow Walk as a resource. The glossary is formed during and after the Shadow Walk as a process of conceptual linguistic layering over the physical terrain.
The residual memories of the Shadow Walk are used in the selection of a series of iconic after images gleaned from image commons repositories. The dialogic or interplay between researchers is key and the images are combined into an assemblage.