Another gem as part of my library series.
Maps, yay! A subject close to my heart and a never-ending fascination with what they can be and how they can be interpreted differently. So, when I heard that Mapping it Out – An Alternative Atlas of Contemporary Cartographies was being published by the wonderful Thames & Hudson, I couldn’t have been more excited. Unfortunately I had missed the Serpentine Gallery’s Map Marathon event in 2010 (which this book has been inspired by).
In an effort to rethink what maps can do for us in the twenty-first century, Hans Ulrich Obrist invited a remarkable range of 130 leading figures from different fields – artists, designers, writers, scientists, architects, and thinkers to create maps, of interior or exterior worlds, real or imagined, in any medium. Can you imagine my delight? Of course you can!
Mapping it Out shows us so many different approaches.From plans to plots, blueprints and drawings, instructions and lists. You’ll find mind maps, concept maps and fantasy maps. There is a multitude of inventive ways how to ‘map’ something and if you’re at all interested in the evolution of what ‘maps’ can be, this is a book for you. It was difficult to choose from so many amazing entries. Here are just a few to wet your appetite.
I love Kevin Kelly’s map of the internet. It’s simple, yet evokes a warm and inviting three dimensional aspect. What would your map of the internet look like?
Joan Enriquez & Rodrigo Martinez challenge that “if beliefs and institutions don’t adapt and adopt as the environment changes” they too, like religions go extinct. Their map illustrates “some of the speciation that occurred with three of the world’s great religions after originating from a common Abrahamic belief.”
Suzanne Lacy decided to do a project in prostitution in 1974. At that time, there was little knowledge of the lives of prostitutes. Here we see the early sketches of that research, recorded on brown paper. The whole project resulted in: “The journey took me across LA in three dimensions: the sociology and fabric of relationships, the geography and specific places where prostitution occurs, and my own psychological terrain”
Prostitution Notes, 1974
One of my favourite entries in the book (not only because of the luscious colours) is Mariana Castillo Deball & Amalia Pica’s map, entitled ‘Figures don’t lie but liars can figure’. It states: ‘the first Jigsaw puzzles were made from Maps. Interesting! I love how this map makes me have to analyse my own interpretation. Is it a map? You answer!
I’ve had this book for nearly 2 months and dip in and out of it nearly daily. So much inspiration and thought-provoking entries. Just fab! A real gem firmly ensconced in my library. Happy weekend!