VU University’s journal Kunstlicht, which has a very healthy representation of VAMA students on its editorial board, investigates the remarkable renaissance of the map in visual arts its new issue, Mind the Map, and with the related exhibition Alternative Exactitudes, which will open on 19 December at P/////AKT platform for contemporary art, Amsterdam.
Overseeing the world is seeing an abstraction. Cartography is the ultimate symbol of this: the map only functions because it is an artificial entirety of simplified marks designating more complex forms of knowledge such as geographical or demographical knowledge, but also the memory or the imagination of the “terrain.” For centuries, the cartographic representation of the earth was hardly ever contested but this changed in the course of the twentieth century. In cartography as well as in the visual arts, the systems that had previously been utilized to render reality legible were critically assessed. In the meantime, the map has become firmly rooted in contemporary art. With Mind the Map, Kunstlicht aims to look into the map’s striking renaissance. What is the explanation of its appeal to artists? And is this process of influence one-sided or can cartography also develop by looking at the visual arts? VAMA students Andreea Breazu and Roel Griffioen are among the authors of this issue.
Whilst Mind the Map examines these and similar questions as well as various case studies in a discursive manner, Alternative Exactitudes displays artwork that opens up our understanding of cartography, signaling new issues and formulating unexpected answers. The exhibition features Annesas Appel, Lado Darakhvelidze, Luc Deleu/T.O.P. Office, Tim Hollander, Gert Jan Kocken, Julio Pastor, Elian Somers and Adrien Tirtiaux. During the opening there will be a performance by Pia Louwerens. The show will be accompanied by a print-on-demand catalogue.
Alternative Exactitudes will be on view until Sunday 22 December. P/////AKT platform for contemporary art, Zeeburgerpad 53
1019 AB Amsterdam. Launch and opening: 19 December 2013, 18:00
Image: detail of Gert Jan Kocken, Fission.