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March 2013,Â Walking and Mapping, Artists as cartographers,Â by Karen Oâ€™Rourke
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 â€œpsychogeographyâ€ 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 Oâ€™Rourke explores a series of walking/mapping projects by contemporary artists. Some chart â€œemotional GPSâ€; some use GPS for creating â€œdatascapesâ€ while others use their legs to do â€œspeculative mapping.â€
Oâ€™Rourke shows in this book, the link between all these projects and how they form a new entity and a new dynamic. Karen Oâ€™Rourke lives in Paris, she is a multimedia and communications artist whose work has been exhibited in Europe, the United States, and South America.
To read more aboutÂ :Â http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/walking-and-mapping
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