During a masterclass, organized by Max-lab (Media+Art eXperiments), I got the chance to experiment and research with a large scanning machine built by the art collective Studio POK.
Like world maps and atlases are made of the globe, this machine makes maplike images of objects or anything you put inside of it. Its satellite is a camera that turns 360 degrees around the subject and takes a picture at every given few degrees. Software specially designed for this installation puts the pictures together into a pattern, creating a map, a flat image of the subject.
This experiment deals with the problems of modern cartography: the impossibility to portray reality. Proportions are distorted, objective or not-so objective decisions were made that influenced the distorted perception of the scanned subject.