Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Mapping Assignment Guidelines

Here is the paragraph I read to you all in class today.

"Mapmaking fulfills one of our deepest desires: understanding the world around us and our place in it. But maps need not show just continents and oceans: there are maps to heaven and hell; to happiness and despair; maps of moods, matrimony, and mythological places. There are maps to popular culture, from Gulliver's Island to Gilligan's Island; speculative maps of the world before it was known; and maps to secret places known only to the mapmaker. Artist's maps show another kind of uncharted realm: the imagination. What all these maps have in common is their creator's willingness to venture beyond the boundaries of geography or convention"

You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination by Katharine Harmon.

Amazon link here.