Impressions: Experimental Walking Tour in Paris

Walking Tour Map: Quartier du Sentier

The working group of Art & Cartography had a very creative and inspiring workshop at the International Cartographic Conference (ICC) in Paris. During this activity, 26 people from all over the world with different backgrounds and interests related to arts and maps came together to walk through five Parisian areas in order to map the visible and unvisible frontieres. This was a very stimulating event as illustrated by some the following pictures:


Against the Map. (Contra el mapa)


Writen by Estrella de Diego, a well-known specialist in contemporary art, this recent essay kicks off  with the world map altered by french surrealists in 1929. Short essay, but very dense and interesting pages. The only bad news; it’s only in Spanish so far. Rights for English publishing seem to be available anyway. Highly recommended.

” In 1929 the magazine Variétés published an unusual “Map of the World in the Times of the Surrealistic “, whose dislocated cartography, of surprising borders, was announcing other future questioning of the narrative practices agreed in our culture. Because transgressing the map is equivalent to revise the world, as the map is not but the product of certain design “à la carte” that is proposed and is imposed from the power. Following the track of the codified cartographies, the present book raises the use of the maps by the contemporary artists as a weapon against the established narratives and their traps, implicit and inherited.”

(taken from the publishers website)

Estrella de Diego. Contra el mapa. Disturbios en la geografía colonial de Occidente.
La Biblioteca Azul serie mínima. Editorial Siruela. 2008.

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.