This is what a map should look like inside of a sci-fi film’s futuristic war room. For the installation “Polyscape,” artist Shunsaku Ishinabe projects a map onto a grid of tiles and then has those tiles flex up and down based on the landscape’s actual height and depth. When it’s displaying a mountain, the map raises to a point, and when it’s displaying a depression, the map sinks. Ishinabe published a video demonstrating a prototype of “Polyscape,” last year, at which point it already looked like it was in good, working shape — including some flashy effects that truly make it look like it’s come out of science fiction.
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