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Making Art From Maps: Inspiration, Techniques, and an International Gallery of Artists

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The artworks gathered here provide an opportunity to inquire into visual ways of knowledge-making, visual techniques and the resulting artefacts, working with the understanding of, or working with a theoretical commitment to, the recognition of social abstractions. I think the idea of drawing on top of something that already existed was appealing to them — or maybe a little bit scandalous. Like the zenithal gaze, this viewpoint is also conceptually inhabitable; while its name draws on the idea of the (or a) god’s eye view, the Apollonian gaze has also fostered the development of technological means to enable viewing of the earth from space, and in this sense its own inhabitation by technological bodies and viewing apparatuses. In that context, I also briefly consider Henri Lefebvre’s (1991) central theoretical contribution to this area, the framework of space as a concrete abstraction.

For exclusive discounts, and to get the latest information on new maps for sale, please follow Manuscript Maps on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or subscribe below. Cosgrove argues that many of the decisions that go into this process are cast as ‘scientific’ when they are actually arbitrary and shaped by needs that are more cultural and ideological. Launching a mapping project in art class was an experiment I’ve wanted to try for years, and now I had a brand-new laboratory.

Viewers are able to stand inside the curved structure, and pull closed a door formed of one of the painted sections.

In her earlier career, Kozloff worked on a number of public art projects and commissions emphasising abstract geometrical pattern, and particularly with an interest in unsettling the boundaries between pattern as decoration and pattern as a visual register with the capacity to shift the atmosphere of a built space. S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II by William Blum (1995), and the depictions of the paintings. It’s inspirational in the way of showing their skill and inventiveness but not really what I expected. The abstraction of the antipodes has also had an epistemological and a historical role in the production of knowledge of the West’s global others. The view from nowhere is preferable because it foregrounds the abstractness of the conceptual viewing position, which sees as though from nowhere.In this work, the abstract viewpoints discussed here are brought into play together in one space, showing them as abstractions in which the viewer actively participates. I position my own reading of Targets as a form of remote reading, embodied yet not present to the constructed space of the viewer in the artwork.

To portray meaningful relationships for a complex, three-dimensional world on a flat sheet of paper or a video screen, a map must distort reality. The differences in how it is being used are such that it is preferable to move to an alternate term, rather than attempt to impose a uniformity of meaning where that does not exist. To name the viewpoints in question – the view from nowhere, the panoptic view, the Apollonian view, the drone’s eye view, the god’s eye view, the antipodes, and immersive installation viewing. Some of the formulations that I have concretised as viewpoints have been proposed by others, and I have taken up and extended them. Never will the earth appear to the eye of a satellite or the aerial observer as something covered with toponyms.

They were a little bit delighted by a grown-up being a little naughty and drawing on maps," she told CBS News. Access for the viewer is afforded by one of the trapezoidal panels forming a door, mounted on castors, which the viewer is able to close on themselves once inside (see fig.

I use them for decoupage, from large items such as map chairs to smaller things such as Mason jars, cookie tins and shells. The relationship between ‘panoptic viewing’ and the physical and conceptual structure of Targets is explored in more detail below – for the moment I wish A pristine Estate in the Tyne Valley, and one I’d never heard of, Close House is home to a golf academy and three professional golf courses which are augmented with footpaths, beautiful trees and sculptures. In this way, the Apollonian gaze performs both an enhanced invisibilising and a necessary obscuring simultaneously. Frame your accomplishments and have pride in your unique story, or gift this wonderful feeling to the people you love.The time-lapse video below shows how I draw my maps: detailed planning in pencil, then drawing in pen. From the inland sea, to the west, rise abruptly the mountains in the west of Pakistan, while to the north-east, beyond El Salvador’s small stretch of coastline we can make out the city of San Salvador in the distance, and further beyond it, Kinshasa. Rather than ‘seeing through’ maps to a posited underlying reality, instead maps are means of constructing knowledge and “making a world” (ibid, p. The detention centre at Guantanamo Bay occupies part of the US Naval Station Guantanamo Bay [viii], in operation since the US leased the facility from Cuba as part of the Cuban-American Treaty of 1903, following the US invasion and occupation [ix]. The map captures the spirit and landmarks of the breathtaking moorland landscape with its quaint towns and villages.

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