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Mappa Mundi | 2008/2010

Mappa Mundi refers to medieval world maps that sometimes conflated real and imaginary geography, made at a time when the complete picture of the physical world was still being formed. This map mash-up reorders the world based on connections between places, their histories, and the processes of globalization. China, South Asia, Panama, and other places are linked geographically and through common narrative threads of shipping, displacement, and struggles over territory.

Mappa mundi explores two kinds of popular representations of the World –the iconic world map and the international spectacle of World’s Fairs. As technology and commerce blur more and more geographic boundaries, the ubiquitous world map can't adequately describe the intricacies of global economies. Mappa mundi is an attempt to remake the world map, relying on associative geographies rather than physical ones.

This project is also related to late-medieval portolan charts, which were functional navigational maps used by seafarers. These maps focus on the coastline –the interior is often blank– and show how to navigate from here to there, to make physical connections between landmasses.

Mappa Mundi installed in Precious Cargo, University of Buffalo Art Gallery


Exhibited:
> Experimental Geography | 2008-2010 | ICI traveling exhibition, multiple venues
> Multiple Edition (artist talk and multiple giveaway)| 12.5.08 | Whitney Museum
> Precious Cargo | 3.18- 5.15.10 | University of Buffalo Art Gallery, NY (wall mural)
> RAW-Geographies |2011 | Reed College, Portland OR (wall mural, permanent installation)

Press/Published:
> Experimental Geography (Catalog) | Nato Thompson | Melville House Books

Talks:
> CUNY Grad Center |w/ Trevor Paglen, David Harvey, Ian Kerr |7.20.10
> LAND/Art symposium, Albuquerque Museum | w/ Matt Coolidge, Katie Holten, etc | 6.28.09
> New Museum | w/ Nato Thompson, Damon Rich| 3.21.09