This week’s collaborative art project will revolve around maps and the concept of mapping. Each group will be charged with making a map that represents some aspect of the campus, the program, or themselves.
We will start by meditating on this story by Jorges Luis Borges, “On Exactitude in Science” (translated by Andrew Hurley).
…In that Empire, the Art of Cartography attained such Perfection that the map of a single Province occupied the entirety of a City, and the map of the Empire, the entirety of a Province. In time, those Unconscionable Maps no longer satisfied, and the Cartographers Guilds struck a Map of the Empire whose size was that of the Empire, and which coincided point for point with it. The following Generations, who were not so fond of the Study of Cartography as their Forebears had been, saw that that vast Map was Useless, and not without some Pitilessness was it, that they delivered it up to the Inclemencies of Sun and Winters. In the Deserts of the West, still today, there are Tattered Ruins of that Map, inhabited by Animals and Beggars; in all the Land there isno other Relic of the Disciplines of Geography.
Here are some links to inventive maps to get you thinking:
And browse BLUR’s Pinterest board for a look at works of art that incorporate maps or the concept of mapping: http://pinterest.com/blurinstitute/
Thanks very much to Sophie (Charlotte) von Claparede for her assistance in gathering the images.