Representing Place

Something we are born with?

Posted in student presentations by chaletchalet on April 21, 2010

Artists tap into cognitive mapping skills to explore modes of natural mapping in their work.

Kerry Kessler

Janice Caswell

Joyce Kozloff

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Something You’re Born With

Posted in student presentations by jcorrales on April 21, 2010

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Sound as artifacts of place

Posted in maps, student presentations by wrriley on March 24, 2010

Sound is part of how we inhabit and embody a place.  One of the primary thoughts I took from Casey’s Earth-Mapping was the idea of mapping as tracing or dragging something across a surface.  I wanted to see if I could map a sound to a surface.  I started this project by collecting sounds as artifacts of place, specifically the daily sounds I create or interact with in my living space.  I was interested in the kind of sounds we become so accustomed to that they hover on the periphery of awareness or dissolve completely, such as, a squeaky board or all the electronic hums that accompany our existence.  Could these sounds be resituated within a visual context while retaining reference to the aural origins?

I choose to visualize the sound as a waveform because it is a kind of recognizable graph of sound.  Embroidery was used as a means to embody the waveform in that it is a kind of textural drawing or writing that can be read but also felt.

This is the beginning of exploration of what I hope to be a long-term project that I envision as creating a sense of lived place through a collection of visualized sounds.



Mapping the Ice: Arctic Aesthetics and the Materiality of Place

Posted in maps, student presentations by mjcaraccioli on March 24, 2010

Francoise Oklaga and Martha Noah - The Right Spot

There are entire worlds beneath the surface of what we see…

Ananaisie Alikatuktuk - Taleelayu and Family (1976)

Entire histories swim beneath our gaze, oblivious to our categories as we are to theirs…

Manasie Akpaliapik - Shaman Summoning Taleelayu to Release Animals (1989)

And yet these worlds often intersect through our most basic sensations, desires, and impressions…

Parr - My People (1961)

They come together in that sense of meaning that precedes all constructions and ideology…

Paul Akkuardjuk - Winter Camp (1974)

We often try to grasp these realities from high above…

Pacome Kolaut - Bear Hunt (1967)

We fail to see that their permanence is in what lies below…

Pitseolak Ashoona - Summer Camp Scene (1974)

For in the silence of that which lies within can be found great horizons filled with love and struggle…

Luke Anguhadluq - Drum Dance (1970)

All of which fall flat before the greatness of the universe…

Janet Kigusiuq - Upiknivik Summer Camp (1992)

And as its landscapes trickle down the furthest reaches of the globe: solitary and untouched in the distance…

Mary Okheena - The Strange Drummer (1992)

We feel its breath in all we touch and all we see, slightly deeper than the sea…

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Around My World in 80 Days (Chalet)

Posted in student presentations by chaletchalet on March 23, 2010

“Around My World in 80 Days”

Memory mapping with artifacts

Altered book project.

The first 80 pages of this repurposed book are used as a ships log, a diary of my previous semester in graduate school. From first review to final review it was coincidentally 80 days! I have cut flaps in the book and carved out many of the pages to create a compartment that holds artifacts or “treasures” in small containers. It has a roll out map that plots the course of events that happened during the semester. Each marker on the map correlates to a container that holds a sample of the earth taken from each site on the map. There is also a map of the MFA Warehouse where all of the grad student art studios are housed. This is the place the journey begins and ends. I have attempted to take an existing narrative about a journey and recreate it using my own memories and artifacts. The story cannot be retold to the viewer by looking at the map, there are no specific details and the journal entries are cryptic. I have simply appropriated devices of a map to simply suggest to the viewer that a journey was plotted and this book is a memory of those events.

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Marking Journeys of Transitory Spaces: A Few Artist Travelers

Posted in student presentations by thegreer on March 22, 2010

Richard Long, A Line Made By Walking, 1967

Richard Long, A Line in the Himalayas, 1975

National Museum of Science and Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

Nordic Museum, Stockholm, Sweden

Francis Alys, Fairy Tales, 1995-8

Division between Israel and the West Bank

Alban Biaussat, The Green(er) Side of the Line, 2005

Alban Biaussat, The Green(er) Side of the Line, 2005

Alban Biaussat, The Green(er) Side of the Line, 2005

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Tim Hawkinson, Mapping surfaces of the body

Posted in artists, student presentations by wrriley on February 24, 2010

Tim Hawkinson, Blind Spot 1991

Tim Hawkinson, Blind spot 1991-93

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Mapping a Narrative

Posted in student presentations by chaletchalet on February 23, 2010

This is a map of “my” world history. The information on this map is created through personal photos and stories told to me by family members. It comments on cultural identity and is an attempt to show how personal information, especially inaccurate information, can create a narrative about someone’s life.


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My Food, My Map

Posted in student presentations by thegreer on February 23, 2010

Map # 1 (Food from the Local Farmer’s Market)

Vegetables, mesh wire, paper

2010

Map # 1 (detail)

Map # 1 (detail)

People were allowed to interact with the map, taking portions of it for their own use. Human interaction altered the size of the sculpture and extended the distance between the individual pieces.

Felix Gonzalez-Torres

Untitled (Placebo)

40,000 pieces of hard candy

1991

Felix Gonzalez-Torres

Part of Candy Spills Series

Map # 2 (Greer’s Food Map of the World! February 1-14 2010)

Charcoal on butcher paper

2010

Map # 2 (detail)

Map # 2 (detail)

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Mark Bennett

Posted in student presentations by jcorrales on February 17, 2010

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