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YOU ARE HERE

Are you still using road maps when you travel ? Yes, Yahoo maps,
Google earth.
And the printout which comes along. Turn left on, go 0.4 miles, arrive at …….

I used to go to the store before each trip to get me a map to and from the destination. Not anymore. I know how to get to the airport. The plane knows where it’s going and upon arrival. Taxi. No clue where I am.

I remember the ritual of unfolding the map, getting rid of all the ripples, straighten it out in front of me until I finally was able to study where we were going. The world was 2 dimensional.


Louise van Swaaij and Jean Klare, Passion

Here is a book which celebrates my nostalgia.
'YOU ARE HERE'
is a book about other maps , maps of imagination. The author writes in her introduction:

‘ Mapmaking fulfills one of our deepest desires: understanding the world around us and our place in it. But maps need not show just continents and oceans: there are maps to heaven and hell, to happiness and despair, maps of moods, matrimony, and mythological places. There are maps to popular culture, from Gulliver’s Island to Gilligan’s Island, speculative maps of the world before it was known, and maps to secret place known only to the map maker. Artist’ maps show another kind of uncharted realm: the imagination. What all these maps have in common is their creators ‘ willingness to venture beyond the boundaries of geography or convention.


Nina Katchadourian, Austria,1997



Leo Saul Berk, Hogbacks Back to Back,2002

HL

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