Cartographic Exploits: Marking Territory in the Contemporary City
Centre for Digital Media (Warehouse) 577 Great Northern Way
January 28 — January 29, 2011

Curated by Annabel Vaughan

Presented by The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and the Or Gallery

Reception and Keynote address by Nato Thompson
Co–hosted by fillip magazine
Friday, January 28 6—8pm

Full day Symposium
Saturday, January 29 9:30am—5pm; Closing Reception 5—6pm

Admission : Friday $15; Friday & Saturday $40/$20 students (includes lunch)
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“ …mapping has emerged in the information age as a means to make the complex
accessible, the hidden visible, the unmappable mappable. As we struggle to steer
thorough the torrent of data unleashed by the Internet, and to situate ourselves in a world in which commerce and community have been redefined in terms of networks, mapping has become a way to make sense of things…” – Janet Abrams and Peter Hall

The city has come of age in this spatial construct. Terminal City—the colonial outpost of Vancouver—celebrates its quasquicentennial in 2011. One hundred and twenty–five years into the project, recent art, architecture and performance works have begun to critically position themselves and respond to the spatial condition of the city. For Vancouver, this period of introspection has coincided with a cultural shift in contemporary mapping practices, a shift that reflects a fundamental change in how we think about and represent our relationship to the spaces we inhabit. Changes in the global, economic, environmental and digital worlds have created the platform, and the necessity, for interdisciplinary strategies to understand these new spatial references.

Cartographic Exploits: Marking Territory in the Contemporary City brings together an interdisciplinary group of cartographers, architects, designers, writers and artists—the symposium will discuss the significance of this current trend and explore how these practices are shaping our own understanding of the city and making new interpretations possible.


    FRIDAY JANUARY 28, 2011

  • 5.30 – 6.00PM Registration

  • 6.05 – 6.15PM Welcome : Annabel Vaughan | UBC SaLa

  • 6.15 – 7.00PM Keynote Lecture : Nato Thompson | CREATIVE TIME NYC

  • 7.00 – 08.00PM Opening Reception

  • 9.30 – 10.00AM Registration

  • 10.00 – 11.00AM Artist Talk : Martin Chaput + Martial Chazallon | PROJET IN SITU [FRANCE]

  • 11.30AM – 1.00PM Moderator : Kelty Miyoshi McKinnon | PHILLIPS FAAREVAG SMALLENBERG [VANCOUVER]
    1] Martin Kinch [Pod Plays] | NEW WORLD THEATRE [VANCOUVER]
    2] Volker Gerling [Portraits in Motion] | DAUMENKINOGRAPHIE [BERLIN]
  • 1.00 – 2.00 LUNCH

  • 2.00 – 3.00PM Artist Talk : Marco Casamonti + Andrea Destro + UBC students | ARCHEA [ITALY/BEIJING]

  • 3.30 – 5.00PM Moderator : Erick Villagomez | RE:PLACE MAGAZINE [VANCOUVER]
    1] Marco Casamonti | ARCHEA [ITALY/BEIJING]
    2] Peter Reder [City of Dreams] | PETER REDER CO. [LONDON]
    05.15 – 05.30 Closing Remarks : UBC Student | UBC SaLa
    05.30 – 08.00 Closing Reception | UBC SaLa

Cartographic Exploits is generously supported by Vancity, the City of Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary Grants Program with the participation of the Government of Canada, the Italian Cultural Institute, the UBC School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture, Studio Archea, Fillip Magazine, the Consulate General of France in Vancouver and Cultures France.

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