Space Discovery: A review of An Atlas of Radical Cartography Review by Daniel Tucker
The fist time I went to Central New York state, was the first time I knew where it was. The first time I heard about Sudan on the news, was the first time I knew where it was and what was on the nearby borders. Our personal maps of the world are continuously changing. Through our experiences we become aware of places and ideas previously unfamiliar. Through culture and tourism we feel invited to explore what feels new to us. Through disasters and devastation we become conscious of locales that are further away that anywhere we could have imagined. All of this information and these experiences informs the expansion and creation of our map of the world and how it works.
Lize Mogel and Alexis Bhagat have edited "An Atlas of Radical Cartography" a beautifully designed 160 page book of ten essays, ten 17" x 22" maps, that all fold up and fit into an elegant slipcase. It's the second book to be released on the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest Press, a sister project to the original and ongoing annual Journal, which has become an important hub for critical and creative writing about the intersections of contemporary art and politics. The An Atlas collection is unique and unprecedented, collecting together many of the primary voices that have connected the visual and semiotic language of cartography with current political and artistic discourses.
The map is an obvious and practical device for people attempting to better understand the world in all its complexity, this project illuminates this "why mapping" question.Read more ›
I heard the editors of this book on the radio and I was intrigued by the map ideas, but I was disappointed in the execution. Some of the maps are not maps, but drawings, such as the one of North and South America drawn in a faded red with the label across the continents "Latino/a America." Is this radical? Another, titled "Routes of Least Surveillance," shows surveillance cameras in Manhattan--but the data is from 2001, and there's no explanation of how the data was obtained. Perhaps the included book gives an explanation, but the map should stand on his own. It also has silly little vignettes of people--invented or real?--who might want to avoid the cameras, e.g., Wanda gets the creeps from the though of unsupervised male camera operators ogling her as she returns home from her Power Pilates class. Finally, I didn't find any of these maps particularly attractive or innovative--there's nothing I would want to put on my wall. You'll find much better designed maps in any of Tufte's books. If the point was to get me thinking about radical ideas through cartography, this book failed.
Tile explains everything - but if you need more information visit[...] Very up-to-date, to-the-point material. If you are looking for more "arty farty" stuff you will not be satisfied, if you are looking for genuine art - topology -sociology - territory creative thinking and critical observations, works that are covered in 10 maps and 10 essays are right for you.
Texts are clear, with useful informations and clear outcomes. Maps are clear, diverse and one might say beautiful.
A problem with packaging : maps when folded they all look the same. This makes it harde to look for map that goes together with certain section of the book.