Mapping: cartographies of experience

 

MAPPING: cartographies of experience 

 

Think: We are immersed in a world of maps. Biological maps (DNA); mind maps (neural networks); body maps (faces); social maps (histories, memories); cultural maps (habits); geographical maps (topographies); geological maps (strata); digital maps (interfaces); learning maps (curriculum); aesthetic maps (paintings, installations) and so on. By creating new kinds of maps, we also change the possibilities for experience and interaction in the cultural environments we encounter. Contemporary artists are exploring the rich possibilites for mapping experience using a diverse range of materials and techniques. Emerging technologies also afford new capacities for artists to create cartographies of movement and sensation which are responsive to audience interaction and participation.