Looking at maps II

‘The city formerly known as Cambridge’, 2008

An interesting project by ‘The institute for infinitely small things’. Residents of Cambridge, Massachusetts, were invited to rename every public space. Names were given either by silliness or personal experiences. At the end of the day the city becomes democratic and subjective to its citizens.

Ingo Gϋnther, ‘Worldprocessor series, 1988-present

This project comprises more than 300 unique globes, created over 2 decades that provide visual models of geopolitical issues. For example one globe shows that if all the cars in the world were placed end to end, they would circle the globe 72 times!

Kanarinka, ‘Mostly sunny. A chance of showers late’, 2007

A map of atmospheric data of the body of the artist. She collected her sweat on paper as she ran outdoors in hot weather and then, using an algorithm, converted the data into contours plotted in colours representing the date, time and geographic location of each run.

“Can a body have weather too?”

Mark Andrew Webber, ‘Amsterdam’, 2007

After returning from Amsterdam, the artist spent about 100 hours during a week carving a map so inventive so that the resulting print looks as if it were composed by a typesetter. He likes to show how crowded cities can be with multi-directional typography, so that wherever you look you see type.

Alberto Duman, ‘View of the Tate Modern, London’ , 2007

Duman took photographs of the sites and placed words on each image in order to completely replace the visual components with labels.


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