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AGENDA | An Atlas of Radical Cartography exhibition and a workshop in Zurich

January 13, 2010

“…to make maps is to organize oneself, to generate new connections and to be able to transform the material and immaterial conditions in which we find ourselves immersed. It isn’t the territory but it definitely produces territory.” -From An Atlas of Radical Cartography [Journal of Aesthetics & Protest Press, 2007]

The book An Atlas of Radical Cartography was published in 2007, edited by Lize Mogel and Alexis Bhagat and now is exhibited as part of the project Civic City: The Role of Design in the Social City organized by Matthias Goerlich. An Atlas of Radical Cartography is a collection of 10 maps and 10 essays about social issues from globalization to garbage; surveillance to extraordinary rendition; statelessness to visibility; deportation to migration. The map is inherently political –and the contributions to this book wear their politics on their sleeves. The topics published in the book are so contemporary that it will be translated to Spanish and maybe Korean this year.

An Atlas of Radical Cartography makes its premise on undermining the claim of mapping as an objective representation of the world. Instead, the project understands mapping as a tool for reconstructing our society and political sphere against the dominant pictures of the world that are often represented or made invisible by «falsographers» (Olivier Rolin). In this radical cartography converge diverse practices such as art, critical theories, architectural & graphic designs and activism, share interests in re-mapping the world collectively.

From the press release:

“Now, for the exhibtion at Whitespace in Zurich, the collection of maps had been updated and extended to put a stronger focus on the changes of the world after the neoliberal crisis. Those maps take on a range of pressing social and political issues from globalization and economic inequity to diverse urban concerns, in the process creating new imaginary territories and anticipating possible actions.”

“Maps have always been tools to visualize and to consolidate power, to communicate stability. Maps do also communicate and create identity as they are visualizations of includity and excludity, of difference, contrast, closeness and distance not only in spatial but also in contextual relation.” This quote, found here, describes perfectly An Atlas of Radical Cartography… and this exhibition is all about mapping and politics.

Place: Whitespace, Militärstrasse 76, Zürich
Dates: From 15.01.2010 until 09.02.2010

More info about the book here and about the exhibition, here.

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