Livre : Walking and Mapping: Artists as Cartographers

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walkingK. O’Rourke, Walking and Mapping: Artists as Cartographers. Cambridge (MA) : MIT Press, coll. “Leonardo Bookseries”, 2013. 360 p. EAN 9780262018500. URL éditeur

Contemporary artists beginning with Guy Debord and Richard Long have returned again and again to the walking motif. Debord and his friends tracked the urban flows of Paris; Long trampled a path in the grass and snapped a picture of the result (A Line Made by Walking). Mapping is a way for us to locate ourselves in the world physically, culturally, or psychologically; Debord produced maps like collages that traced the “psychogeography” of Paris. Today, the convergence of global networks, online databases, and new tools for location-based mapping coincides with a resurgence of interest in walking as an art form. In Walking and Mapping, Karen O’Rourke explores a series of walking/mapping projects by contemporary artists. Some chart “emotional GPS”; some use GPS for creating “datascapes” while others use their legs to do “speculative mapping.” Many work with scientists, designers, and engineers.

Karen O’Rourke is an artist based in Paris, France whose work has been exhibited in Europe, the United States, and South America. Her art projects include City Portraits, Paris Réseau/ Paris Network, Archiving as Art and A Map Larger than the Territory. A past recipient of the Leonardo Award for Excellence, she is a Maître de conferences HDR at the Université Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne).

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