Speculative cartography & programmed landscapes – a chat with Benedikt Groß

Benedikt Groß's work is frequently noted here on CAN, so far in 2013 we've posted three of his projects. Since executing his inventive Avena+ Test Bed, which 'programmed' the biodiversity of a South German agricultural plot, he's teamed up with an American cartographer to develop The Big Atlas of LA Pools. With this recent project, he's leveraged satellite photography, crowdsourced offshore labour and the artist's book medium to catalog every pool in Los Angeles (across a whopping 74 books and 6,000 pages). Given our ongoing coverage of Benedikt's practice, we thought a conversation about some of the interests driving his work was in order. The following edited transcript documents a dialogue that has taken place via a Google Doc over the last several weeks.

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