Thursday, December 4, 2008

Experimental Geography

iCI's touring exhibition Experimental Geography, curated by Nato Thompson, may interest architects and others who share an admiration for experimental approaches to the idea of geography:

Geography benefits from the study of specific histories, sites, and memories. Every estuary, land fill, and cul-de-sac has a story to tell. The task of the geographer is to alert us to what is directly in front of us, while the task of the experimental geographer—an amalgam of scientist, artist, and explorer—is to do so in a manner that deploys aesthetics, ambiguity, poetry, and a dash of empiricism. This exhibition explores the distinctions between geographical study and artistic experience of the earth, as well as the juncture where the two realms collide (and possibly make a new field altogether).

To order the exhibition catalog:

The exhibition's itinerary:

Rochester Art Center, Rochester, Minnesota
February 7 April 18, 2009

The Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico
June 28 September 20, 2009

October 2009 - January 2010

Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine
February 21 - May 30, 2010

June - August 2010

Image above: The Center for Land Use Interpretation, Untitled (image and text panels depicting the programs and projects of CLUI), 2007.


Nikolas Schiller said...

Hi Kelly, I've been lurking in the RSS for the last few months :-) The exhibit also features a catalog "Experimental Geography: Radical Approaches to Landscape, Cartography, and Urbanism," which goes on sale next month. My Pentagon Quilt #3 map is featured on page 149 of the book. It was included as a part of the WE ARE HERE Map Archive, which was organized and collected by Daniel Tucker. I hope you have a chance to check it out.

Keli Rylance said...

Cool, Nikolas! Thank you for the info.