Thursday, January 20, 2011

Why Mapping?

From Ashely Hunt’s “A World Map IN WHICH WE SEE” to classic mercator projections, maps serve as a visual representation of position, perception and power. Maps are used to guide and explain. When in the wrong hands they can be tools of propaganda and misrepresentation. They can also be powerful tools of social activism and organizing. We depend on geographic maps as representations of reality and yet the politics of power often skew what version of reality is displayed. We trust maps to guide us and because of this they hold a great ability to mold our perceptions. This mystical power has always drawn me in. As with other forms of visual representation maps can reach across borders of access while simultaneously creating and maintaining them.

Ashley Hunt - A World Map IN WHICH WE SEE-


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Re-Mapping Our (his)Stories -- Breaking it Down

Re: Remembering, Retelling, Rethinking

This project is about examining the things that are often left out of vast histories intended to appeal to wide majorities. Exploring the detail and the scale of experience and identity through history brings us to question how we have and how we will think about and represent history.

Mapping: New ways to look at the information we are given; creating our own representations

Mapping, in all its forms, from geographic, to data, is a representation. This project explores the ways that different representations can effect our reactions, our understandings and our memories. Using mapping and other such visual tools allows us to shed new light on representations of history.

Our: Giving people the space and tools to tell their own stories

The primary goal of this project is to diversify the voices from which we hear history. Often history is portrayed as a single narrative, however this narrative does not account for the experiences of most people. This project is about telling the stories of real people and communities; our stories, our lives, our histories.

(his): taking the (his) out of history.

Using an anti-patriarchal model is crucial to this work that seeks to break the power system under which history, as we know it is skewed and tainted in its portrayal. The project seeks to shift the focus away from the male, resisting the mainstream narrative that is constantly shoved down our throats.

Stories: using stories to put together all the pieces of the puzzle.

The power of a communal history lies in the telling of stories, both individual tales and group narratives. Telling our stories together brings power to those stories and this project seeks to strengthen narratives of history by encouraging the archiving, exploration and use of these stories.