A Map of the World is a compelling collection of work by a new generation of original and sought-after designers, illustrators, and mapmakers. This work showcases specific regions, characterizes local scenes, generates moods, and tells stories beyond sheer navigation. From accurate and surprisingly detailed representations to personal, naïve, and modernistic interpretations, the featured projects from around the world range from maps and atlases inspired by classic forms to cartographic experiments and editorial illustrations.
In Stranger Visions artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg creates portrait sculptures from analyses of genetic material collected in public places. Working with the traces strangers unwittingly leave behind, Dewey-Hagborg calls attention to the impulse toward genetic determinism and the potential for a culture of genetic surveillance.
[TrA] holds the essence of a planetarium and a mandala. This fall, Di Gregorio took his young children to the planetarium at the Lawrence Hall Of Science in Berkeley, CA. While constellations may seem like nothing more than memory aids to distinguish particular stars, they also remind us how small we are in the universe and that this is part of what makes us important to each other. One constellation in particular caught DiGregorio’s attention, the small Triangulum Australe (TrA) in the southern sky.
To create a mandala with the constellation, TrA uses the principles of the Net of Indra. It stretches out infinitely in all directions and is associated with the motionless timeless center of the universe. To illustrate theses concepts of emptiness, as well as interpenetration, ten circles that form a density in its design. TrA serves as the equilateral triangle increasingly obscured within the circles.