In August 2009 artists Sans Façon were invited by the Fogo Island Arts Corporation to take part in the first wave of experimental projects to introduce their impending residency programme. Working in collaboration with another invited artist, Erika Irmler, they spent three weeks on Fogo Island and developed the initial research project brief, entitled 4 Dimensional Mapping, into four projects:
Asking local fishermen to describe the seascape from their window, pointing out all the peaks, troughs and shoals that lie invisible under the water.
Looking at traditional recipes from Fogo Island and how the island's food culture is influenced by the geographic location and the origins of the population.
Investigating the art of finding shoals and reefs without the use of sonar by triangulating points or 'marks' on the shore, much of which is passed down orally between generations and not recorded in maps.
Making and sending daily hand drawn postcards detailing various aspects of life on fogo to a subscribed mailing list.
In 2010 this initial research has been recorded in a book completed in collaboration with Erika Irmler and the Fogo Island Arts Corporation. Also participating in the 4 Dimensional Mapping project were Mark Adams, Elisabet Gunnarsdottir and Bonnie McCay.