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Research Gallery New exebition

 
Research Gallery
 Master's Program in Integrated Design
Head of the Program and Academic Director: Dr. Dror K. Levi
Faculty of Design
HIT Holon Institute of Technology
 
The cartography of the Unseen
 
Co-researcher and Assistant Curator: Dr. Sayfan G. Borghini.
 
The Research Gallery of the Master's Program in Integrated Design, at the Design Faculty of HIT – the Holon Institute of Technology, presents the Exhibition "The Cartography of the Unseen”. The exhibition of international works is open along the month of December and focuses on the implications and inferences of the practices of mapping and in particular on the new technological phase of cartography.
 
About the Exhibition:
The Map has always been the medium of two different fields: science and art. It represents territories, by mathematical precision and by embodiment of aesthetic perceptions. On the one hand it is an abstraction of reality based upon defined categories, and on the other, it is an expression of power relations and of ideological and utopian ideas. Today, in the era of Big Data and of information explosion, the act of mapping becomes a must, in all the aspects of our lives.
The view of mapping as the scientific and cultural paradigm of the contemporary age underlies the current exhibition. Mapping expands our knowledge of the world; it structures coordinates in it that allow different orientation and operation modes while opening accessibility to new paths.
Mapping changes our perception of the world, and while doing so, it expands as well the knowledge that the world holds about us – in such a way that it raises ethical questions on the relationship between private and public and in the interaction among individuals.
 
 
Photo: Gady Raz
 

"The cartography of the Unseen" examines various practices of mapping, some are traditional and some belong to a new phase in this field enabled by the increasingly potent technologies of sampling, organizing and displaying spatial information. The exhibition offers a political reading of mapping, either as exposure of the overt and covert mechanisms embedded in cartography, either as invitation to act within the mapped territory to bring about change. In these contexts, the exhibition reflects upon the current change of hand in the power over knowledge controlling centers, in transition from being a prerogative of the world nation-states to being the operative areas of huge companies active in mapping. The exhibition brings to light the potential for liberation that is seemingly inherent in the processes of democratization and self-description embedded in mapping and in the practices of collaboration, producing a point of view that is located outside the system. The multiple implications presented are a growing reality derived from the possibilities of mapping in volumes and scales that were never possible before.

The space of the gallery is designed as a three-dimensional map, a meta- map generating maps within maps; it spatializes two-dimensional maps into an all-encompassing three-dimensional physical space. The colored legend and the tags appearing throughout the gallery and on the floor provide coordinates on the basis of keywords, enabling orientation in a condensed space filled with information. The QR-codes printed under each of the maps rearrange the gallery space and integrate the texts that appear on the walls with the maps scattered in its space - by that delivering a reality both mapped and augmented.
 
 
Photo: Gady Raz
 
The exhibition includes thirteen projects from around the world featuring a wide range of approaches to the act of cartography. Unnayan - Jai Sen & collaborators (India), traces the first maps locating and detailing marginal land settlements in Culcutta, who were at the time intentionally blanked out on municipal and commercial maps; AuthaGraph World Map - Hajima Narukawa (Japan), offers a mapping model that reduces the distortion present in the standard Mercator projection maps, eliminating the Eurocentric approach that characterizes them; iSee - Institute for Applied Autonomy (USA), is the product of a group of activists, which offers a way to circumvent the surveillance cameras in New York and other crowded urban centers; In the Air - Nerea Calvillo & collaborators (Spain), is a project mapping real-time air pollution in Madrid; the comparison between the historical map of the Concentration Camp of Mauthausen - Mauthausen Memorial (Austria), and the contemporary maps of the memorial site in the camp, reveals the deliberate suppression of the historical collaboration between Austrian population and Nazi Germany; Across the Wall - Visualizing Palestine (Palestine), uses maps to reveal the limited freedom of movement of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip; Painting for Satellites - Molly Dilworth (USA), is a project that aims to produce disruption in satellite Google maps using giant paintings on the roofs of buildings in Manhattan; Mapping Identities - Antonio Ottomanelli (Iraq/Italy), portrays the residents honest drawings of the territorial and human borders lived from within the city of Baghdad, after the departure of American forces; Ville Vivante – The City of Genève (Switzerland), is a visual mapping that follows patterns of cellular communication in Geneva; Sense of patterns: Twenty Four Hours of Taxis - Mahir M. Yavuz (Turkey/USA), extracts patterns of everyday life by mapping the movement of taxis in Vienna throughout the day; Map Kibera - Map Kibera (Kenya), is a project mapping the slums of Nairobi, through the collaboration of local residents, using the free data project OpenStreetMap; Concerning Time We Remain, Divided - Tom Tlalim (Israel/Netherland), is mapping the population density and demographic differences in Jerusalem through sound; while Arab village imaging – Tiltan System Engineering (Israel), comes to demonstrate the replacement of the geographic map by three-dimensional visualizations, that are currently found in military use.
 
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