'Over 130 of the world’s most creative minds make sense of our exterior and interior worlds through intriguing and imaginative maps of their own devising. Imaginative, visionary and richly absorbing, this book will appeal to anyone interested in how we visualise our worlds, physical or abstract, real or imagined.

Whether they chart a newly discovered land or lay out a complicated process, maps serve to improve our understanding of what surrounds us. They make the complex simple, and reveal the complexity behind the apparently straightforward.

Original and thought-provoking, Mapping It Out invites leading lights from a host of fields to create a personal map of their own, in whatever form and showing whatever terrain they choose, whether real-world or imaginary.

Some contributors have translated scientific data into simplified visual language, while others have condensed vast social, political or natural forms into concise diagrams. Many have reworked existing maps to subvert their original purpose or to present an alternative view of reality. Others play with the map’s commitment to truth by plotting invented worlds and charting imaginative flights of fancy. Going further, some offer entirely new kinds of map — or even reject the map’s claim to bear facts altogether.

In his Introduction, acclaimed novelist Tom McCarthy reflects on the relationship between maps, literature and knowledge, while Hans Ulrich Obrist considers the influence of maps on artistic creativity.' - from publisher's website

This book grew out of the Map Marathon held at the Serpentine Gallery, London in October 2010. Please note that only artists of Asian descent are listed below.

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Onsite

Location code REF.OHU
Language

English

Publication/Creation date

2014

No of pages

239

ISBN / ISSN

9780500239186

No of copies

1

Content type

anthology

Chapter headings
Introduction - Tom McCarthy
You are here...and now - Hans Ulrich OBRIST
Mapping It Out: An Alternative Atlas of Contemporary Cartographies
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Mapping It Out: An Alternative Atlas of Contemporary Cartographies