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the image as a digitallocating and mapping the digital

The photos of the trees on the map were created by the farmer Rodolfo Ferrer with a digital camera on a SD memory card. For conceptual reasons, the individual tree photos were burnt one by one on a separate compact disc. There are 1838 trees on myforestfarm, hence there are 1838 photos of trees and 1838 different CDs with the photos of trees in. The tree data is visible to the naked eye and its location can be identified as a ring at the center of the CD. Burning a CD-R with a tree photo is a materialization of a digital tree.
The artworks are macroscopic photos of the CD surface, where the digital tree can be visually traced. This transformation of the real life tree into a material form as a CD is the subject of these photos as it could be seen as symbolic for the carbon CO2 sequestration process.

The artistic concept of the photographic art works creates a reciprocal relation between the geographic mapping of the real-life trees and the materiality of the digital trees (as photos on a CD). Locating each tree with an exact GPS coordinate is essential in this project, because it is part of the validation method. The tree photos are the public representation of myforestfarm, because only a few people have seen the actual site. Thus the existence of myforestfarm is determined by these pictures, and each tree has a new life in the form of its digital representation. The digital trees have now a physical location (CD), that can be mapped, too. myforestfarm creates a relation between the real-life tree and the digital tree, which substitutes the commodification process of usual carbon credits.

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