International Cartographic Conference – Paris 2011

The next International Cartographic Conference will be held in Paris in 2011 (July 3 to 8). The deadline for submitting proposal is approaching very fast: 4 October 2010. If you cannot submit a full refereed paper before this deadline, there is still the possibility to submit an abstract (400 to 550 words) for oral presentation or a poster. There will be a theme on Art, Culture and Cartography (T5), so you might want to consider  submitting your paper under this theme (See the call for papers for more details).

Beside paper sessions, the Arts and Cartography working group will be organizing different activities. A workshop in collaboration with the worksing group on Maps and Society will take place prior to the conference (this workshop may also include an art exhibit). An experimental walking tour with mixed groups of cartographers and Parisian artists will be organized to explore the invisible borders between the arrondissements of Paris (July 4 at 5 pm). We are also in the process of organizing a film screening, and another art and map exhibit has already been organized. Hope to see you in Paris next year.


Geotagger’s World Atlas by Eric Fisher

Eric Fisher makes great series of maps and post them on Flickr. My two favorite series are Race & ethnicity and his Geotaggers’ World Atlas maps showing areas photographed by toursits Vs. areas photographed by locals (The maps are ordered by the number of pictures taken in the central cluster of each one).

Challenge: Mapping The Big Apple

An original challenge organized by the Cartographers’ Guild, in partnership with the Soho Gallery for Digital Art, is currently taking place. The participants are asked to create up to three maps inspired by New York. This inspiration can be pretty loose, or very literal. The top 45 entries will be displayed in a gallery show in an art gallery in Soho, Manhattan from the 16th of November to the 12th of December. The deadline is the 31st of October. More details here.

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/