collectif_fact, established in 2002 by
Annelore Schneider 1979, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Claude Piguet 1977, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Swann Thommen 1979, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
since 2009 collectif_fact consists of Annelore Schneider and Claude Piguet, who live in Geneva, London.
The series of nine photographs, as well as the video datatown (2002) tackle the issues linked to place recognition amidst the countless signs and markers invading our everyday life. Road networks, advertising posters, designations for places, buildings, streets, etc. are some of the many indicators that society puts at our disposal. Yet, by isolating these graphic markers of the urban landscape, we propose a new, reconstructed space. The black spaces covering the areas without signage give the illusion of an unlimited, virtual space. The amalgam of these urban texts and the black background resemble the contemporary computer environment. These images reflect a landscape generated by a society, one which only functions thanks to codified information.