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"Art and Cartography - Cartography and Art"
Jorge Luis Borges' "On Exactitude in Science" and Umberto Eco's "On the Impossibility of Drawing a Map of the Empire on a Scale of 1 to 1" describe the futility of creating a map of the world in the same scale - the attempt is proof that there is no such thing as a true map. And when we accept the fact that all maps necessarily omit or distort parts of reality, we can see that the gap between scientific and artistic cartography closes.
Whereas the scientific attempt to describe the world makes a normative claim by using rational systems like longitude and latitude, artistic methods use opposite approaches by challenging or ignoring these coordinates. Beyond rationalizing and measuring the space around us, artistic mappings tend to reflect their methods of representation and the conditions (in which they were made). They may even take the liberty to shift points of reference to unexpected grounds. But even if artists seem to have more freedom, their strategies of interpreting maps are often very similar to those of cartographers.
Recognizing the discrepancy between maps and territories opens up room for interpretation and allows for different degrees of representational precision. In fact, artists' maps may capture issues which cartographers' "scientific" maps would never describe. This is what makes maps so intriguing: they communicate different views of our world and help us understand its complexity.
Is science bound to be objective and art subjective? The symposium "Art and Cartography – Cartography and Art" challenges these observations and stereotypes through its interdisciplinary approach.
The exhibition design was developed by the artists' collective collaborat.at (Johanna Reiner+Johannes Hoffmann) in cooperation with the architect, Antje Lehn. Paper banners divide the space. The white backdrop of paper serves as a projective backdrop for new views of the world. Tall ladders offer both a new perspective on the exhibit and an analytic overview, while binoculars play with distance and scale These everyday objects refer to the processes of cartography and invite the visitors to take part.
Peter Dykhuis [CA]
Wolfgang Fiel [AT]
Gabu Heindl [AT]
Christian Mayer [AT]
Manuela Mourao [US]
Nasrine Seraji, [FR/AT]
Nicole Six & Paul Petritsch [AT]
Ludo Slagmolen [NL]
Laurene Vaughan [AU]
Ruth Watson [NZ]
Opening Exhibit, free of charge
Presentation und Discussion:
Theresa Häfele [AT]
Hosoya Schäfer Architects [CH]
Giles Lane, probosics [UK]
Sabine Müller-Funk [AT]
Waltraud Palme [AT]
Christian Spanring [AT]
Titusz Tarnai + Wolfgang Tschapeller + StudentInnen des IKA[AT]
Evamaria Trischak [AT]
Opening Exhibit Kunsthalle projectspace karlsplatz, free of charge
Credits | The exhibition "zoomandscale" is supported by:
Institute for Geoinformation and Cartography, Vienna University of Technology
kub2 Ausstellungswände GmbH
Cultural Office of the City of Vienna, MA 7
City of Vienna, MA 48
Special thanks to William Cartwright and Georg Gartner for starting "Art and Cartography" and to Andreas Spiegel for his encouragement and support.
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