We spend a lot of time exploring maps. We like to get lost in them, always hoping for some unexpected story to come my way.
Online cartographic data, such as those provided by Google Earth, Google Maps and Google Street View, have become essential investigative tools in our artistic and literary works.
From the start we have been intrigued by Google's obsessive-compulsive desire to cover or, rather, uncover, all aspects of the world, in meticulous detail. What do these surveillance images tell us about our daily lives? How do they affect our perception of reality? What do they reveal about wars, or extreme violence, in some remote regions of the globe? These are some of the questions we raise in our work.
We are impressed by the extraordinary documentary value of those automatically generated, authorless, images of the world. Over time, we learned to apprehend them with the obstinacy of a forensic analyst. Albeit, we assume that my approach to geo-intelligence is highly unorthodox. We'd rather consider it as a form of forensic story-telling, in a grey-zone between reality and fiction.
Our productions take on a variety of forms, including photography, drawing, video-installation, audio-investigation, travelogue, poetry and novel. From project to project, the first challenge is always to identify the most effective medium for the story to be told. We always start out with creating data files, archives and atlases.
When we work on a story, the end result, i.e. the resolution of a case, is not necessarily what matters most to me. The erratic process of searching for truth interests me more than the truth itself, which is often unfindable anyway.
Many of my projects have a legal, social or geopolitical dimension.
We live and work in Luxembourg.