Representing Place

The Garden

Posted in Uncategorized by wrriley on February 17, 2010

This documentary reminded me the brief mention of the controversy surrounding community gardens around Tompkins Square In NYC in the book Place by Cresswell that we read earlier.  The movie The Garden follows the story of the South Central Farmers and a blighted piece of land in south central LA that is transformed into a lush urban garden after the LA riots in 92′. While it never seemed clear to me exactly how the land became an urban garden initially, there is no denying that after many years the community comes to depend on the garden, developing a sense of worth, identity, and community through it.  This is all thrown into turmoil when the farmers find out the landowner intends to demolish the garden and build warehouses and a questionable soccer field.  It becomes a volatile conflict of what defines ownership.  While the usual suspects are at play in the rule of law, money, and political ambitions there is also the question of the community’s perceived sacred investment in working the land.

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Images for discussion: Feb 10

Posted in artists, maps by Owen on February 9, 2010

First, read three introductions to art and cartography

  • C. D’Ignazio, “Cartography and Art” in the International Encyclopedia of Human Geography
  • Denis Wood, “Map Art” in Cartographic Perspectives (pp. 5-14)
  • Dalia Varanka “Interpreting Map Art” in Cartographic Perspectives (pp. 15-23)

Then, read three essays by (or about) artists who work with cartographic art

  • kanarinka, “Art Machines” in Cartographic Perspectives (pp. 24-40)
  • John Krygier, “Jake Barton’s Performance Maps” in Cartographic Perspectives (pp. 41-50)

Also, during this class session students will give brief statements about what they plan to do for their Unit III projects/papers.

White People Can Dance!!! a brief segment of the brilliant “Funk Lessons” by Adrian Piper, as shown at Nuit Blanche 2007, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Mona Hatoum, Map, 1998
glass marbles, Basel.

Bukhara (red and white)«, 2008 by Mona Hatoum

Mona Hatoum

Teddy Cruz

Teddy Cruz

Teddy Cruz

Teddy Cruz, Paisaje urbano Tijuana, ca. 2006, Teddy Cruz

Teddy Cruz

Javier Tellez, One Flew Over the Void (Bala perdida), inSite 05. Photo: Alfredo De Stefano, courtesy inSite 05

William H. Whyte, The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces

Andy Warhol, Map of Eastern U.S.S.R. Missile Bases, 1985 – 1986

Hellen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison, Peninsula Europe: The Rising of waters, the trajectory of drought, 2007.


Walid Raad and The Atlas Group, My Neck Is Thinner Than a Hair (plate 2-7-88S), 2004, inkjet print, 20 X 25 cm (courtesy of The Atlas Group / Sfeir Semler Galerie / Anthony Reynolds Gallery; photo © Walid Raad).

Walid Raad and The Atlas Group, Already Been in a Lake of Fire (plates 57 and 58), 2004, inkjet print, 30 X 40 cm (courtesy of The Atlas Group / Sfeir Semler Galerie / Anthony Reynolds Gallery; photo © Walid Raad)

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