Events | March 10, 2016

Center for Book Arts 2016 History of Art Series: Map as Metaphor

events2016_history-of-art_map-as-metaphor_01.jpgThe Center for Book Arts presents its annual History of Art series in collaboration with the New York Chapter of the American Printing History Association on three upcoming Fridays: March 18, March 25, and April 1 at 6:30pm at the Center. This year, the series investigates how the map can be understood as a metaphor beyond the geographical context-as material artifact and cultural signifier as well as an artistic tool. Maps and atlases are an integral part of the history of the book as well as a physical and conceptual resource of book arts. This program of three panels features scholars, scientists, and artists who will explore questions about power, information, identity, economics, ecosystems, and culture. Panels are moderated by Heidi Neilson, artist and co-founder of SP Weather Station. 

Suggested donation for the general public for this event is $10 / $5 members. Space is limited; it is recommended to reserve a spot for each panel by emailing or by calling 212-481-0295.

WhenThree Fridays: March 18, March 25, and April 1 at 6:30pm 

Where: 28 W. 27th St., 3rd Floor, NY, NY 

Subway: N/R to 28th St, or F to 23rd St 

Admission: Free; Suggested donation: $10/$5 members 

Reservations recommended: Email or call 212-481-0295

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March 18, 2016, 6:30pm

The Socio-Political Map: Control and Power 

The first panel in this three-part series will discuss the history, theory, and making of maps as means of political, societal and cultural control. 


Heidi Neilson, artist and co-founder of SP Weather Station 


Neil Freeman, cartographer, artist, and urban planner 

Shannon Mattern, media artist and Associate Professor of Media Studies at The New School 

Lize Mogel, artist and co-editor of An Atlas of Radical Cartography 

March 25, 2016, 6:30pm

The Techno-Eco Map: Data and Online Initiatives 

The second panel focuses on professionals and technologists working with maps, responding to the inclusion, omission, or loss of information, and projecting past data into new presentations. 


Heidi Neilson, artist and co-founder of SP Weather Station 


Liz Barry, urban designer, Co-Founder & Co-Director of TreeKIT, and Co-Founder & Director of Community Development at Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science 

Ingrid Burrington, artist-in-residence at Data & Society Research Institute and fellow at Autodesk/Pier 9's Experimental Research Lab 

Natalie Campbell, independent curator and co-founder of SP Weather Station

Eric W. Sanderson, director of the Mannahatta Project, author, and Senior Conservation Ecologist, Wildlife Conservation Society 

April 1, 2016, 6:30pm

The Artist Map: Appropriation and Creation 

The third panel looks at the ways in which maps have been regarded as art, and how artists have co-opted maps for new purposes. 


Heidi Neilson, artist and co-founder of SP Weather Station 


Doug Beube, mixed-media artist and independent curator 

Martin C. Brückner, Associate Director of the Center of Material Culture Studies and Professor of English, University of Delaware 

Dahlia Elsayed, artist and Assistant Professor of Humanities at CUNY LaGuardia Community College 

Katarina Jerinic, mixed-media artist and public space-based interventionist  

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Image: Heidi Neilson, Atlas Dream Sequence. From the Center for Book Arts Permanent Collection.