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Rethinking Anywhere Anytime

Rethinking Location Anytime Anywhere Everything :: until June 19, 2010 :: Sprüth Magers, Oranienburger Straße 18, D-10178 Berlin.

With works by Rosa BarbaCyprien GaillardAndreas HoferKoo Jeong-ADavid MaljkovicTrevor PaglenChristodoulos PanayiotouSterling RubyPaul SietsemaTaryn SimonArmando Andrade TudelaAndro Wekua. Curated by Johannes Fricke Waldthausen.

Evolving from the work of twelve conceptual artists, filmmakers and photographers presenting alternate interpretations of fictional geographies, imaginary sites and ‘mash-up’ destinations, the exhibition Rethinking Location reconsiders the notion of location. In an era characterized by a rapidly changing perception of time and space due to ever increasing mobility, migration and globalisation, our understanding of what a location is has significantly transformed. Taking these changes for granted, the exhibition investigates how artists consider location and geography as source material for their work.

For more information go to http://turbulence.org/blog/2010/05/17/rethinking-location-anytime-anywhere-everything-berlin/

Art and cartography activities in London this spring

All kinds of very interesting activities happening in London from now until July 2010. If somebody is interested in sending us a report of these activities, we could certainly post it here.

‘Whose map is it?’ Exhibition of maps and mappings by international artists at Iniva in London

Crossing Boundaries: An Interdisciplinary Symposium (Royal Geographical Society) London, 2 June.

‘The Creative Compass’ (6 May to 2 July 2010) (Royal Geographical Society), London.

Jeremy Wood: 2 exhibitions in London in May

Jeremy Wood has been carrying a GPS with him for years, recording his movements at the surface of the earth (and in the air). Through this process he has been drawing all sorts of shapes and writting all kinds of georeferenced messages (one of his most famous message was the quote ‘It is not down in any map; true places never are’ from Herman Melville (Moby Dick) (Note: This work appears in the essential book Else/Where Mapping: New Cartographies of Networks and Territories edited by Janet Abrams and Peter Hall in 2006).

If you are in London in May, you will have a chance to see how constistant he his – geographically speaking – in the recurrent process of MOWING THE LAWN

“New drawings by Jeremy Wood created with GPS and a riding lawnmower. The exhibition charts the artist’s movements over several seasons of mowing.
Wood makes use of his unique GPS data stream by precisely plotting his time, date and position coordinates to reveal an evolving exploration of travel.”

Tenderpixel Gallery (www.tenderpixel.com) London
May 13 – June 22, 2010, Tue – Sat 1pm to 7pm
Opening May 13 from 6-9pm

Later on in the month, Jeremy Wood will also reveal his new work entitled TRAVERSE ME at the Mead Gallery. According to the author, “It’s based on the idea of 1:1 scale mapping and it’s my most intricate work so far.” We’d like to see this.
Mead Gallery
May 29 – July 3, 2010, Mon – Sat 10 to 6 pm

Finally if you are interested in the work of Jeremy Wood you should certainly read his conversation with Tracey P. Lauriault that appeared in The Cartographic Journal in 2009.

Seeing The Art In Cartography

BBC4  is broadcasting a series called The Beauty of Maps. They have a web-site where you can have a look at it. I haven’t done that myself yet in deep;  when I try to see the videos a  this -video-is-not-available-in-your-area kind of message pops up (I am trying it from Spain, by the way). Anyway it seems very interesting, as they focus nor only in beautifuly selected Historical Maps, but also in those new ways o depicting the digital world we live in.

“Carte du tendre” in the Google era

Few centuries after Madame de Scudéry’s famous “Carte du tendre” here is the most recent version of artistic detournement of maps for expressing ideas, emotions, perceptions and even recipes. Artists Christoph Niemann uses the now famous symbology of Google maps to represent multiple forms of journeys: From the humoristic trip of the eggs to the omelet; to the more political representation of the opposite directions taken by both main street and wall street. If the concept is not totally new, its recontextualization in the Google era is definitely original, funny and meaningful.

Thanks to Daniel Naud for pointing us to this project.

Workshop “Mapping Environmental Issues in the City”

We (“the art and cartography working-group”) are organizing a workshop entitled “Mapping” Environmental Issues in the City: Arts and Cartographic Cross Perspectives. This workshop will take place in Montréal at Concordia University from Sept. 08th to Sept. 10th 2010.

“This workshop aims to encourage and explore the interactions between cartographers, artists, designers and any other area of ‘arts’ (poets, writers, dancers, gamers) who work in the various aspects of spatial representation. This interaction is envisioned as a way to stimulate the emergence of new forms of spatial expression that could contribute to a broader and deeper understanding of geographic phenomenon.”

Artists, Cartographers, Geographers and others interested in this topic are invited to submit a proposal before April 15th, 2010. More information at: http://mappingworkshop.wordpress.com/call-for-proposals/

24 hours Tattoo Mapping Performance

Another fascinating mapping project: Deeply personal and highly political. Artists Wafaa Bilal (who’s brother Haji was killed by a missile in Iraq in 2004)

turns his own body – in a 24-hour live performance — into a canvas, his back tattooed with a borderless map of Iraq covered with one dot for each Iraqi and American casualty near the cities where they fell. The 5,000 dead American soldiers are represented by red dots (permanent visible ink), and the 100,000 Iraqi casualties are represented by dots of green UV ink, seemingly invisible unless under black light. During the performance people from all walks of life read off the names of the dead.

According to infosthetics.com:

Kyle McDonald designed the visualization for this remarkable tattoo, which contains more than 4.000 US soldiers in red ink, and more than 100.000 “invisible” civilians depicted in ultraviolet ink.The process of visualizing the data involved a lot of research, including reconciling plain text descriptions containing GIS place names, warping the geographic coordinates to design for the landscape of the back, and distributing the deaths in an organic but respectful way.

Thanks Tracey for pointing us to this project.