Stephen Cornford


 Cancelled Topographies   




This series of prints are made on a set of found maps of North Norway that had been withdrawn from the archive of the Directorate of Military Survey. Each print combines three distinct visualisations of the landscape. The original topographic representation is overlaid with a digitally printed drone image of the same region and a screenprint of ground penetrating radar data acquired from the Norwegian Geological Survey.

The title refers to both the ‘CANCELLED’ stamp found on the bottom corner of each map, and the transformations to landscapes that occur in the wake of them being imaged by geological prospectors in advance of being mined. As regions within the Arctic Circle are increasingly targeted for their resources by extractive industries, the landscapes of arctic Norway, and the habitats they provide for wild species, are increasingly under threat.



Four Million Tonnes per Annum

Cancelled Topographies

Spectral Index

Petrified Media

Dark Current Collages
Horizon of Fulfillment

To Photograph A Rock
Pixel Mining

RGB [Retinally Governed Behaviours]

Saturation Trails - Acid
- Laser
- X-Ray
Destruction of an Image Sensor

Constant Linear Velocity
Methodology for a Synaesthetic Screen

Digital Audio Film

Solipsism Cinema

Recorded (on) Delivery
Five Introverted Machines

Binatone Galaxy

In Search of a Concrete Music

Works for Turntable

Three Piece
Air Guitar
Extended Piano

Trespassing The Olympic Site
For Violin, Viola & Tape