Wildwechsel, snapshot, ikonaut

Bache­lor the­sis ‘Wild­wech­sel’ / ‘Snapshot’ (2010)
David Schürch / ZHdK
in coöpe­ra­ti­on with Palé­on­to­lo­gie A16, Por­ren­truy

150 mil­li­on years ago, in the area of today’s Can­ton of Jura, on a vast tidal area bet­ween coni­fer forests and shal­low lagoons: here the paths crossed gigan­tic Diplo­do­cus, tiny Comp­so­gnathus and pre­d­a­to­ry Allosau­rus. Tens of thousands of petri­fied tracks, exca­va­ted along the motor­way con­struc­tion site near Por­ren­truy by the “Palé­on­to­lo­gie A16”, testi­fy to the events. A game chan­ge, which occur­red wit­hin a few hours or days, now reveals insights into the life and beha­viour of ani­mals that have not exi­sted for mil­li­ons of years.

In coöpe­ra­ti­on with the palaeo­n­to­lo­gists, pic­tures of life were crea­ted accord­ing to the princip­le of the pho­to trap. The inno­va­ti­ve visua­li­za­ti­on con­cept for the area of dino­saur visua­li­za­ti­on cor­re­sponds to the sci­en­ti­fic import­an­ce of the tracks, which also show only a short snapshot of the dinosaur’s life.

The star­ting point was the sci­en­ti­fi­cal­ly docu­men­ted rock pla­te of the Bois de Syl­leux dis­co­very site in the muni­ci­pa­li­ty of Cour­te­doux. The bio­gra­phies take over the trace arran­ge­ment accord­ing to the sci­en­ti­fic data. The dif­fe­rent types of dino­saurs were digi­tal­ly recon­struc­ted in 3D using ske­le­ton drawings. The aim of the crea­ti­ve inve­sti­ga­ti­on is to crea­te as much authen­ti­ci­ty as pos­si­ble by com­bi­ning the 3D models with pho­to­gra­phy and digi­tal pain­ting.

Rain | First track | Tracker | Noc­turnal | Under the shel­ter of the herd | Escapes | Heat

Wildwechsel – Regen

Wildwechsel – erste Fährte

Wildwechsel – Verfolger

Wildwechsel – Nachtaktiv

Wildwechsel – Im Schutze der Herde

Wildwechsel – Unbekannt

Wildwechsel – Hitze


Wild­wech­sel’ / ‘Snapshot’ was awar­ded with the Design För­der­preis 2010 of the Zurich Uni­ver­si­ty of the Arts.