Presenting as part of the session: Lasting Impressions: Ephemeral Artworks in the City - Saturday, November 6 at 3:00 pm
Lize Mogel is an interdisciplinary artist who creates and disseminates counter-cartography (maps and mappings that produce new understandings of social and political issues). She has mapped public parks in Los Angeles; cultural migration patterns in Idaho; and future territorial disputes in the Arctic. She inserts and distributes and cartographic projects into public space and via publications. She is co-editor and co-curator of the book/map collection "An Atlas of Radical Cartography" and the related exhibition which is touring internationally. Her work has been exhibited at the Sharjah and Gwangju Biennials, PS1 (NYC), Casco (Utrecht), and Experimental Geography (touring). www.publicgreen.com
Description of Lize Mogel's talk:
Counter-cartography and the City
Maps are inherently political, and are an ideal form to visualize the connections between people, place, and power. There are a growing number of cultural producers who use mapping for social and political transformation. My own interests in maps and mapping in cultural practices is focused on work with a critical and activist intent. These are often cross-disciplinary and collaborative—moving between art, design, media, architecture, geography, cartography, organizing, activism, education, journalism, and so on.
‘Counter-cartography’ is a practice that uses maps and mapping to challenge the mainstream narrative of a site or history, from a political or activist perspective. This practice overlaps with ‘radical cartography’ which more explicitly uses mapping to actively promote social change. Both of these use and appropriate cartographic conventions in order to analyze and create a balance of power. Much of this mapping work is hybrid, combining aesthetics and information. It is also temporal and anti-monumental, because it is responsive to a political moment.
In “Counter-cartography and the City”, I will discuss my work over the past decade of creating and disseminating counter-cartography. I will talk about three public projects: a call for creating public parks on Los Angeles brownfields and vacant lots; an investigation of the economy and geography of sewage infrastructure in New York City; and a critical exploration of how a World’s Fair and an Olympics were leveraged to develop Vancouver’s False Creek.