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andlt;Pandgt;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 ( andlt;Iandgt;A Line Made by Walkingandlt;/Iandgt;). Mapping is a way for us to locate ourselves in the world physically, culturally, or psychologically; Debord produced maps like collages that traced the andquot;psychogeographyandquot; 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 andlt;Iandgt;Walking and Mappingandlt;/Iandgt;, Karen O'Rourke explores a series of walking/mapping projects by contemporary artists. Some chart andquot;emotional GPSandquot;; some use GPS for creating andquot;datascapesandquot; while others use their legs to do andquot;speculative mapping.andquot; Many work with scientists, designers, and engineers. O'Rourke offers close readings of these works — many of which she was able to experience firsthand — and situates them in relation to landmark works from the past half-century. She shows that the infinitesimal details of each of these projects take on more significance in conjunction with others. Together, they form a new entity, a dynamic whole greater than the sum of its parts. By alternating close study of selected projects with a broader view of their place in a bigger picture, andlt;Iandgt;Walking and Mappingandlt;/Iandgt; itself maps a complex phenomena.andlt;/Pandgt;

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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. O'Rourke offers close readings of these works — many of which she was able to experience firsthand — and situates them in relation to landmark works from the past half-century. She shows that the infinitesimal details of each of these projects take on more significance in conjunction with others. Together, they form a new entity, a dynamic whole greater than the sum of its parts. By alternating close study of selected projects with a broader view of their place in a bigger picture, Walking and Mapping itself maps a complex phenomena.

About the Author

Karen O'Rourke is a multimedia and communications artist whose work has been exhibited in Europe, the United States, and South America.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262018500
Author:
O'rourke, Karen
Publisher:
MIT Press (MA)
Author:
O'Rourke, Karen
Author:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Art - General
Copyright:
Series:
Leonardo Book Series Walking and Mapping
Publication Date:
20130329
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
115 band#38;w photos
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 7 in

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"Synopsis" by , 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. O'Rourke offers close readings of these works — many of which she was able to experience firsthand — and situates them in relation to landmark works from the past half-century. She shows that the infinitesimal details of each of these projects take on more significance in conjunction with others. Together, they form a new entity, a dynamic whole greater than the sum of its parts. By alternating close study of selected projects with a broader view of their place in a bigger picture, Walking and Mapping itself maps a complex phenomena.
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