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A day of conversation and creativity on drawing as world-building

Cartographies of the Imagination Forum

Event Details
18 Apr 2020
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

A day of conversation and creativity on drawing as world-building


Cartographies of the Imagination presents a one-day multi-disciplinary forum, discussing alternative perspectives and practices of cartography.

Participants include leading researchers and practitioners from the fields of architecture, landscape, visual and sound art, geography and technological design. Conversations will expand beyond traditional map-making conventions and mediums to consider experimental drawing methods including notation, translation, film screenings, performance, fiction and sound; practices that provoke the imagination and inhabit the “mind’s eye”. How does the language of cartography curate and shape the way in which we imagine, and how do we begin to chart and document spaces, territories that exist primarily in the mind?

The day will circulate around round-table discussions of drawings from the Drawing Matter archive, including original works by Zaha Hadid, Peter Wilson, Guy Debord and Madelon Vriesendorp.

Together we will navigate our way across four terrains: Journeyed Lands, Immaterial Lands, Imagined Lands and Remembered Lands. Talks will be chaired by drawing professionals including Nat Chard and Niall Hobhouse.

01. Journeyed Lands
Dr Mira Sanders (Film, Visual Arts) - Inland Voyages in an Inland Voyage
ScanLabs (Architecture, Technology) - Dream Life of Driverless Cars
Francesca Benedetto (Landscape Architecture, Yellow Office/Harvard GSD) - The Sound of the Woodpecker Bill: New York City
02. Immaterial Lands
Dr Jonathan Prior (Geography, University of Cardiff) - Exploring Sonic Cartography
Doug Specht (Geography, University of Westminster) - Post-Impressionism and the Cartographic Gaze
Izabela Wieczorek (Architecture, University of Reading) - The Cabinet of [Atmospheric] Curiosities
03. Imagined Lands
Charnjeev Kang (Architecture) - Written on Words: A Shared Prayer to the Monuments of the Unconscious
Llew Watkins (Visual Arts and Writer) - Mapping the Hinterland Shift
JR Carpenter (Film, Visual Arts) - The Pleasure of the Coast: A Hydrographic Novel
04. Remembered Lands
Dr Penelope Haralambidou (Architecture, The Bartlett UCL) - City of Ladies
Saskia Olde Wolbers (Film, Visual Arts, Goldsmiths University) - Yes These Eyes Are the Windows

The forum is set within the House of Maps exhibition, showcasing three years of experimental drawing research by Kirsty Badenoch and Sayan Skandarajah, mapping the lost, ancient and invisible garden- and city-scapes of Kyoto. Exhibition design by the wonderful PiM.studioArchitects.

A delicious homemade vegetarian lunch will be provided on the day of the forum by OmVed’s executive chef, Arthur Potts-Dawson.

Cartographies of the Imagination is a non-profit initiative, supported by OmVed Gardens and The Sasakawa Foundation. More information on the exhibition and workshops here.