Experiments:  Manifesting the [In]visible Landscapes



Technological advancements have caused our evolution away from our primal senses, impairing our abilities to react immediately at a phenomenon.  This dormancy created our current human sensoria that are limited by the scalar scope of observations.  We became heavily reliant on systems, both physical forms and manifested jurisdictions.  However, instead of becoming one with these systems, we separate ourselves from them, as they are “unnatural.”  When these systems fail, we further distinguish their inability to perform like humans, as though we have senses that comprehend all complexities at an instant to mitigate a projective scenario.

Our current senses are limited within the range of the microscopic instant and the larger regional scale.  When we observe riverine transformations, for instance, the granular sedimentation is just as invisible to us as the indeterminate form it will become centuries from the very moment of observation.  Due to these limitations, we create tools that focus on such processes’ spatial and temporal scale in order to reveal manifestations that are invisible at the one-to-one.

These machines' senses differ in that of a human.  Its perception is modulated by the translation of such perceived phenomena happening in the realm of reality into the realm of the virtual through sensing and actuated response.  The infinitely iterative process is eventually re-applied back into the initial state of Reality to create a neo-incarnate.

Reality (Nature) -> [Virtual] -> Neo-Reality (Nature)  -> [Virtual] -> (Neo)Neo- Reality (Nature)...

These manifested forms not only become visible to humans, but also become enmeshed as a new form of ecology co-produced by the real and the virtual.


real, virtual, landscape, sensing technologies

Cite as:

Cuarto Magazine Exhibition/Publication:

Estrada, Leif. (Under Review). "Experiments: Manifesting the [In]visible Landscapes" in Cuarto Magazine, Series 1 Disruption, Issue 3 Visible.  Pupa Press.

Coding Design / Designing Code Symposium:

Estrada, Leif, and Christianna Bennett. (Under Review). "Experiments: Manifesting the [In]visible Landscapes" presented at the Coding Design / Designing Code Symposium.  Iowa State University.


Bradley Cantrell, Associate Professor of Landscape Architectural Technology, Director of the Landscape Architecture Program, MDes-Technology Area Co-Coordinator, Harvard University-Graduate School of Design; for his continued support as mentor in their similar area of research and for allowing him to explore theoretical conceptions of virtual and reality through the Responsive Environments and Artifacts Lab.

Robert Tangstrom; for the professional photographic documentation of the models.

Jeremy Hartley; for providing additional videos from the research lab.