In navigation, dead reckoning (also ded [for deduced] reckoning or DR) is the process of calculating one’s current position by using previously determined position, or fix, and advancing that position based upon known or estimated speeds over elapsed time and course. As each estimate of position is relative to the previous one, errors are cumulative, or compounding multiplicatively or exponentially, if that is the co-relationship of the quanta.

About the artists

Our work is inspired by the history of science and observation. We borrow from historic and contemporary methods relating to the translation of data, such as marine navigation, nautical surveying, astronomy, geology, and cartography.

Through the use of recursive and reproductive methods such as casting, printing, and scanning we search for greater understanding through interaction with material. We develop languages to convey distance, scale, and direction in order to generate landscapes supplemented by scientific curiosity and human memory. A robust, interdisciplinary research practice supplements and informs our methodology.

Our work is inherently performative, casting the artists in the role of the explorer or knowledge seeker within scenarios that are at once deeply absurd and poetic. Glitches or errors that occur within the process of making are celebrated not only as deviations from the intended path, but as potential points of departure for the imagination.


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