Month: March 2009

Cartography & Art Book

Carto_and_ArtParts of the book on Cartography & Art (edited by W. Cartwright, G. Gartner; A. Lehn) are already available through Google books. This book compiles a selection of the papers and art installations presented at the International Symposium on “Cartography & Art – Art & Cartography” (Vienna, Austria, Jan. 31, Fe. 02, 2008). The “austerity” of the cover of book does not really reflects its content. The pieces available through Google books include only few of the art installations.

The map of the world as animals

12_animalsThe “PIECE TOGETHER FOR PEACE” project 01 (Kentaro Nagai) transforms the map of the world into the 12 animal signs of the Japanese zodiac.

This project was generated by an idea that the image of humanity united as one could be built by creating a figure combining “Nation” “Cooperation” and “Peace” with all continents and islands of the world.

Our theme “PIECE TOGETHER FOR PEACE”means that “PEACE” can be created by putting together “PIECE” like a puzzle. It is also a pun with “PIECE” and “PEACE” (MORE…)

Thanks to Tracey Lauriault for pointing us to this project.

Emma McNally’s Maps

mcnally_map1In the scholarly essay accompanying Emma McNally’s ‘Fields, Charts, Soundings’ at T1+2 Artspace, Ana Balona de Oliveira provides a list of possible readings of McNally’s drawings. They may be, she suggests, perceived as ‘aerial views, battlefield maps, geological formations, oceanic charts, disease transmissions, animal migratory routes, molecule structures [or] black holes’. The sentence in fact ends with an ‘etc’, leaving the list of potential perceptions of the work open to further elaboration. De Oliveira is right to emphasise the polysemic aspect of these complicated, energetic drawings. But though one’s initial impression may be of maps or other kinds of compressed or abstracted informational forms, in the end these works are fully independent of the types of object they superficially resemble (More)