Experiential Maps

This series of work considers a broader interpretation of photography, its use in contemporary print form, and the post photographic use of imagery. Drawing from human geographies and intervention, details of landscapes and mindscapes are recorded. Through the process of collecting metadata, reference texts and images are arranged together and printed on large sheets of paper. Measuring nearly a metre high and over a metre wide, these cartographic works reveal found and hidden narratives and networks, central to the re-creation of place and time. What is important to me is why this information is collected in the first place, and at which scale and level the map is used.

Migration is a common theme throughout European history, whether the reasons are for work, trade, leisure or religion. In this work, I am interested in documenting spaces that have been physically occupied through work or leisure, using the ideas of survey as a research process. In this sense, I regard human population as a trace element in a world that has a far deeper history, and look for signs of influence that people have had on a place, for the time they are there. For me, landscapes retain an energy of past activity, of lives that have lived, and where places are shaped and reshaped by successive inhabitants. Whilst land-use and situations change, a photographic legacy of activity remains.

In the bigger picture of strategic and commercial cartography, the lines and markings of physical space actually afford us the opportunity to drift.

Background

The Mappalogue project is this website, a virtual space for work to be shown and a portal for sharing ideas. It is a growing storehouse – not free of it’s own encoded boundaries, but representing the sentiment of freedom to express ideas across many networks, and it can be used by almost anyone. This data also occupies a physical space. The terminal from which information is read, is as an important piece of equipment, as that of the technology creating it in the first place.

Virtual space is the ultimate map, representing site-specific thinking and making. It shows or hides public and private space, and reveals or closes its own networks. With a public demand for making personal information private, coupled with an economy-driven call for the de-privatisation of data, the Web provides a complex and challenging landscape to be part of.

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