Found (by Tracey Lauriault) on Cartophilia and on the Washington Post this beautful piece of art. With this map, Amy Martin won the Public Option Please art contest and captures in such an elegant manner the importance of publicly-funded health insurance program in the United States. “A healthy United States is dependent on healthy American citizens — which is why I presented America as a vulnerable living system.”
The judges unanimously described Grootens’s work as of the moment and world class. They liked his attitude. ‘Grootens attaches great importance to the clarity of the information. His design is clearly intended to serve the reader. For Grootens, designing is not a self-seeking activity, nor does it mean promulgating a particular vision. The result is at once brilliant and functional.’
The working group (WG) on Art and Cartography was pretty active at the International Cartographic Association Conference in Santiago (Chile) last week. We had our Working group meeting (Attendance: 19 people); a movie screening: A historical review of maps in film edited by Giacomo Andreucci & Virtual globes were born in cinema : A century of envisioning dynamic maps in movies edited by Sébastien Caquard (Attendance: About 100 people); and two paper sessions: 8 papers (Very well attended: up to 110 people). And we were present until the end of the conference as you can see on this picture…
We are looking forward to the next ICC: Paris 2011.
The ICA “Art & Cartography” working group is organizing a couple of activities at the ICC2009 in Santiago de Chile:
- A meeting of the working group in order to discuss future ideas, projects, perspectives in the promising field of art & cartography – Wednesday, november 18th: 14-17.30pm in R1 (room);
- A special movie screening: A selection of scenes dedicated to “Maps in Movies” (wednesday, november 18th at 18:00 through to 19:00, Main Auditorium);
- Two technical sessions (presentation of paper) (Saturday, November 21st).
Please feel free to distribute this message among friends and colleagues who will also travel to Chile and might be interested in topics concerning “Art & Cartography”.
Awesome large-scale quilts are made by Ian Hundley, a Brooklyn-based artist, using maps as an inspiration and transforming them into these special patchwork pieces. (More images here). In this video (Cool Hunting, 2006) Ian Hundley discusses his work and inspirations.
Thanks to Xabi Zirikiain for being so informative!
American artist Karen O’Leary reimagines the map as an exchange of negative and positive space. Deftly cutting maps of New York, Paris and London with razor precision, she leaves delicate webs of streets as land and water are cut away. Negative space demarcates land, while meandering grids of paper represents streets.
There is an interview with the artist here.
More information about this work:
Evert Schut uses “Google Earth as a source of inspiration” to paint landscapes and to address issues related to the environment. I am not sure Google Earth, and virtual globes in general, can serve to stimulate the revival of lanscape painting as Evert suggests, but it has certainly stimulated the emergence of new forms of hybridations between cartography and art.
This blog is literally all about a new perspective for landscape painting: looking down on earth from a satellite up there in space! Google Earth has made it possible for anyone with a computer and internet to roam the Earth like a birds or even an astronout. For an artist like me this has become a huge new source of inspiration. Is this the revival landscape painting needs?
The symposium “Monitoring Scenography 3: Space and Desire / Raum und Begehren” (October 8th to 10th, 2009), will take place at the Institute for Design and Technology (idt) in Zurich.
In the 3 day symposium MONITORING SCENOGRAPHY 3: SPACE AND DESIRE, artistic and academic researchers in the visual arts, architecture, theatre studies and art history discuss the existence and textures of spatial languages, choreographies, mise-en-scenes and spatial representations of desire.
The scenographies of desire are both site-specific and global, artistic and commercial, real and virtual. Success stories in popular culture, advertisement and marketing rely heavily on a carefully designed analysis of desire and its translation into product-specific scenographies. In the staged and mediatised lives of the 21st century, the spaces of desire take on many forms. Inscribed onto them is the desire for uniqueness, inimitability and immersion – as both service and response to the spectacle.
MONITORING SCENOGRAPHY 3: SPACE AND DESIRE is the third in a series of annual symposia curated by the members of the Doctorate Program Scenography, a practice-based research unit between the Zurich University of the Arts and the University of Vienna. Its members are a diverse and international group of emerging and established artists and academics engaged in expanding the discourse on scenography toward the intersection of architecture, media, theatre and exhibition.
Podcasts from the previous symposium on Space and Truth are also available from the web site.
In the context of the exhibition ‘The Importancy of the unimportant’ (20 September – 30 November), at the Hudson Museum (Rotterdam, the Netherlands) we will find the work of the artist Aquil Copier. Oil, airbrush, photoprint and acrylic for painting (should we say mapping!?) landscapes. Enjoy!
Heavenly Heights is the title of this picture, which it isn’t actually a picture but a drawing. It doesn’t exist any real image beneath this one, just Ross Racine’s digital paintbrushes for designing non-existent aerial scenes like this. Enjoy!