- We wanted to do this test in a natural environment that is mediated by some form of man-made infrastructure.
- We wanted to find a natural environment whose geography can be physically described as a *smooth aggregate* of transformation. This has a direct effect on the data we will capture.
- The fact the the painter Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot lived and worked here, is of interest to us for the important precedent of having been *seen and represented* by another artist, working in another medium.
Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796-1875) was a French landscape and portrait painter as well as a printmaker in etching of the Barbizon school in the mid-nineteenth century. He lived and worked in Ville d’Avray and represented, using painting, the ponds that we will use as the testing ground for capturing atmospheres. His work simultaneously references the Neo-Classical tradition and anticipates the Impressionism of Claude Monet, as well as to the figure painting of Degas and the classical figures of Picasso. In the 1860s, Corot became interested in photography, which influenced his use of color and demonstrated his forward thinking approach to art using technology.
Ville-d’Avray is a commune in the western suburbs of Paris, France. It is located 11.9 km (7.4 mi) from the center of Paris, just East of Versailles. Despite its proximity to the French capitol, it is surrounded by large national parks that once formed a network of royal hunting grounds for the kings of France and his entourage. Notably, near the center of the village, is the Etangs de Corot. Two man-made ponds or basins, one of which was created at the end of the Middle Ages by noblemen as a fishing reserve. The second one was created by Louis XIV’s brother, Philippe Duke of Orleans, who needed water and power for his castle, the nearby Château de Saint-Cloud.