Chris Woebken
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Situated Sampling Set, 2015
In collaboration with Sascha Pohflepp

Situated Sampling Set is a highly site-specific series of works which show the results of unique computer simulations. Within the depicted scene, an assembly of objects at first appears random, yet each item relates to a practice of measuring, surveying, documenting. Ranging from mineralogical reference cubes to calibration targets used in NASA’s space photography they are forensic markers, non-objects which provide the meta-data for a future use of the image. In Situated Sampling Set, a set of those objects are dropped inside a virtual environment that precisely simulates them in accordance to the physical location, orientation, gravity and lighting conditions of the chosen place. Alluding to practices of divination, this process results in images whose indexicality, when printed and positioned in the simulated location, reaches beyond a conventional visual representation, transposing information its own situatedness in the world into any photo of itself.

Site-specific computer simulations, inkjet print mounted on dibond
(100cm x 100cm / 40cm x 40cm)
Unique prints produced upon request


52°30'39.2"N 13°23'39.3"E (LEAP Berlin)


52°30'39.2"N 13°23'39.3"E (LEAP Berlin)


40°41'50.2"N 73°55'51.4"W (Stream Gallery)


51°33'05.0"N 0°03'29.0"W (private residence)


34°07'18.4"N 118°22'17.3"W (private residence)


NASA gnomon instrument, Apollo 17, 1972


NASA MSC-8 color patch, Gemini 10, 1966