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Cities of the World: Titus Matiyane

Cities of the World -exhibition and book- shows the work of South African artist Titus Matiyane. Born in 1964, Matiyane is a sculptor, artist and musician who lives and works in Atteridgeville, a township near Pretoria, South Africa. He is one of many artists whose relationship to township life and the expanding urbanism of the modernist capitals of South Africa produced a particular fascination with both the growth and the transformation of these urban environments.

Matiyane makes drawings of cities and landscapes, and creates huge panorama drawings of cities and landscapes from a bird’s-eye view. The large-size panoramic landscape drawings are emblematic of his obsession with the built environment and modern cities. The wide format of his ’bird’s eye’ panoramas (6, 12, 24, 46 x 1.5 m) is intended to mesmerize and compel the viewer towards Matiyane’s personal sense of technical and visionary skill.

These colourful drawings overwhelm the viewers and take them on an extended journey through an urban landscape. The panoramas, which he has been making since 1990, give the impression that the artist has observed the cities from the air, while in fact he only flew for the first time in 1998.

An exhibition took place during 2007 and 2008 in many European cities. If missed it, you can always enjoy the book!

Edited by Annemieke de Kler.
Highly recommended.
Website of the editor:  http://www.artsandafrica.com (under contruction)


Do-It-Yourself Smell Map

Smell Map by Jenny Marketou

Smell is slowly making its way to cartography, as illustrated by this installation by artists Jenny Marketou at the Esther M. Klein Art Gallery in Philadelphia (PA, USA):

“Smell It: A Do-It-Yourself Smell Map is an interactive visitor project created specifically for this exhibition. Visitors will be given a street map and then invited to walk around the neighborhood to record their olfactory experiences. Back in the gallery, viewers can add their odorous encounters to a wall-sized, collectively-drawn map to show the diversity of subjective responses to smell and the shifting of the neighborhood’s smellscape from one day to the next.

While smells are expected in the context of nature or in rural areas, to discover the olfactory in the midst of the concrete jungle is both a challenge and a thrill.”

Thanks to Tracey Lauriault (who has been doing a lot of work on smell and cartography) for sharing this info.