Walking and Mapping

Walking and Mapping

Artists as Cartographers

Karen O'Rourke

ISBN 9780262313254
352 pp.
April 2013

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The MIT Press

Walking and Mapping

Artists as Cartographers

From Guy Debord in the early 1950s to Richard Long, Janet Cardiff, and Esther Polak more recently, contemporary artists have returned again and again to the walking motif. Today, the convergence of global networks, online databases, and new tools for mobile 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. She offers close readings of these projects—many of which she was able to experience firsthand—and situates them in relation to landmark works from the past half-century. 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 phenomenon.

Contents

  1. Series Foreword
  2. Preface
  3. Introduction
  4. 1. Psychogeography: The Politics of Applied Pedestrianism
  5. 2. A Form of Perception or a Form of Art?
  6. 3. A Map, No Directions
  7. 4. Directions but No Map
  8. 5. When Walking Becomes Mapping: Labyrinths, Songlines
  9. 6. Lines Made by Walking
  10. 7. Hybrid Datascapes: Envisioning Space and Time
  11. 8. Walking the Network
  12. 9. Mapping ''Ways Through''
  13. Conclusion
  14. Notes
  15. Bibliography
  16. Index