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MAPPING SYDNEY: EXPERIMENTAL CARTOGRAPHY AND THE IMAGINED CITY
Naomi Stead (editor)

Local Consumption, 2009
Softcover
n/a pages
Fully illustrated in colour and black & white.
ISBN: 9780949793348

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A selection of map reproductions from the Mapping Sydney exhibition are enclosed in an old-fashioned envelope, along with an essay on the work by Naomi Stead. The six neatly-folded maps are the result of an original design brief, given by Stead to a number of artists, to create an idiosyncratic, experimental or alternative map. The maps did not necessarily need to be factual, planimetric or to scale, although they were required to be spatial and recognisably map-like.

The maps, inspired by their creators' feelings, experiences, perceptions, actions, wishes, inventions, memories, ideals, statistics, geographies or theories about the city are as diverse and different from one another as the people who designed them. The quirky collection ranges from a map of the city based on the residences of people with avian surnames, to a map which proposes an algorithm for a journey through Sydney which turns left or right following shifts in the political orientation of governments since 1901.

 

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