Friction Atlas

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We’re big fan of atlas, and we’re very interested in investigating its potential as a communicative tool as well as in testing its possibilities and consequences for the real world.
So, here a nice and smart way to conceive and represent a kind of atlas, Friction Atlas, a project by our friends Paolo Patelli and Giuditta Vendrame:
“Friction Atlas addresses the issue of legibility of public space, its programs, and the laws that regulate its uses. […] Friction Atlas aims to make regulations – that are always implicitly present in any public space – explicit and visible, through graphical devices.”

Here a nice interview by We Make Money Not Art

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Terminal Air

Trevor Paglen is an American artist exploring topics concerning geopolitics, the state of emergency, biopolitics and military dispositives. Terminal Air is a project, curated together with Applied Autonomy, which “explores complex interconnections between government agencies and private contractors involved with the United States Central Intelligence Agency’s extraordinary rendition program.”

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Reflections for a narrative cartography

The cartographic culture’s paradigm shift

It is not at all new the conception according to which a corpus of graphic representations and communicative artifacts can be regarded as a textual work. For sure one of the examples better structured in this sense is that of cartographic culture and the production of map and atlases. Cartography here represents a precious case study about how an entire visual culture can undergo a radical epistemological transformation, and notably a valorisation of its narrative and literary elements. Read More

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Nakatomi Space

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Starting from the Die Hard movie as an architectonic premise, thefts, lock-pickings and robberies represented and narrated by 20th century’s movies open a new approach to the city, to its uses, its imaginaries. In an article by BLDG BLOG

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An Atlas of Radical Cartography

The ancient art of map construction and drawing is the critical object of An Atlas of Radical Cartography—curated by Lize Mogel and Alexis Bhagat and published in 2008 by the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest Press. The publication gathers ten essays—each one accompanied by a map—dealing with different topics from globalization to garbage, from surveillance to migratory movements, but always inside a broader question: how to represent them, how to give them a paper form, how to translate them into cartography? Read More

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Race and Ethnicity

One of the problems at the core of representations—geographical, social, political—is certainly constituted by the necessity to find a right compromise between a fixed and motionless image of a state of being, and the dynamics that constantly alter its nature and form. The problem presents itself, in all its complexity and drama, mostly in the representation of borders—being them the borders of a political map or of any other thematic map—when the use of the segment marks inescapably the inside and the outside of a territory, thus condemning it to a closed identity. The historian and cartographer Bill Rankin experimented a formal alternative which brings with itself ideological consequences: the dot. Read More

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