Tintin Wulia is a contemporary artist doing fascinating cartographic performance. Her more recent work “Nous ne notons pas les fleurs” was inspired by the words of Antoine de Saint-Exupery in Le Petit Prince. In this performance she explores ephemerity through the creation of a large map of India with flowers. This performance was developed during a brief residency at Khoj International Workshop in Patna, India.
Another fascinating performance is “Terra Incognita, et cetera.” It was developed since early 2009 and have since been exhibited at Bus Gallery, Melbourne, and Centraal Museum, Utrecht (the exhibition there is closing today, 10 January 2009). In this performance the audience is asked to claim some pieces of territories on a large map based on the Bucky Fuller’s Dymaxion projection. Beautiful and stimulating.
As described by the artist:
The best part about it is, there will be little cocktail-sized white flags lying around, and you will be able to write your names on those flags, then stick it on whichever blood speck you want on the map.
At the end of the day, I will transfer the names written on the flag next to the corresponding blood specks in the passport-books. And so the names written next to the blood in the passport-books will change daily.
All this process will be recorded somehow, and shown immediately perhaps. Hm. Surveillance camera?
I’ll keep thinking.