Important: To participate for the workshops you have to sing up. Please contact Nasrin Himada at n_himada [at] to register for one or all three workshops.

Friday, March 20, 2009

10-12 a.m.

An Atlas of Radical Cartography – Alexis Bhagat

Turtle Island Basemap (in the context of Radical Cartography)

The boundaries of modern nations are essentially concepts of war, and of that potential war which is connected with expansion.  – Patrick Geddes

Alexis Bhagat will present a brief lecture on the project – An Atlas of Radical Cartography, a book and travelling art exhibition co-organized with Lize Mogel.  An Atlas of Radical Cartography includes 10 maps by artists/designers with activist practices, along with 10 companion essays. The maps and essays in this book provoke new understandings of networks and representations of power and its effects on people and places. Using An Atlas as a foundation, Bhagat will present maps of North America produced by the Bioregional Movement. Bioregionalism is a political, cultural, and environmental system based on naturally-defined areas called bioregions. Bioregions are defined through physical and environmental features – above all watershed – as well as culturally.

Simultaneous with this lecture, Bhagat and two friends will be cutting away the landmass from a map of North America to produce a stencil of the continent reduced to coastline, great lakes and rivers. This stencil will be used to produce a basemap for a new map of North America, printed onto many layers of translucent vellum. With the Bioregional maps as a precursor, together we will make new maps of North America/Turtle Island.

The knowledge and experience of the group will be utilized to make new maps: What do we know, what have we lived, that we would wish these maps to record? How do marks on a map tell a story? And what stories are prohibited by the marks we choose to make?

All my relations.

12 – 1 p.m.


1 – 3 p.m.

Forays – Geraldine Juarez and Adam Bobbette
“Everything is Hollow With Some Things in Between”

Under the rubric of Forays, Geraldine Juarez and Adam Bobbette have been trying to use the field of art as a vehicle for experimental research strategies and knowledge production.  Typically our concerns have constellated around hacking, squatting, low-tech and DIY modifications of everyday life.

Foray’s workshop will be heading in a different direction, perhaps indicative of a “hippy turn” — as Geraldine has noted.  Rather than knowledge production we are interested in investigating its limits.  We will be concerned with how we love that we don’t know and how what we love is always what we don’t know; our love is always of hollow things.

We will work with everyday objects and experiences to try and illustrate their hollowness; from cardboard and mirrors, balloons and your friends back to chain link and banks.  With these we will try to build together a hollow structure.

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Tea break

3:15 – 5:15 p.m.

Gina Badger and Maiko Tanaka
“The Hall & the Beast: Workshopping Concordia’s  Political and Spatial Histories”

This production-based workshop will take Concordia University’s spatial organization, architecture, and physical history as working materials for the creation of a short video exploring the school’s political life.

There are two Concordia buildings of special relevance to this workshop; one is older, the other, newer.  As semi-outsiders visiting Concordia University for this conference, Maiko Tanaka and Gina Badger (who is a Concordia alumna) will call attention to the connective tissues of a political history shared by both the old building and the new.  They will mine the archives of the school searching for historical documentation of the spatialized and architectural politics of the institution.  Gina and Maiko will offer this research as both content and primary material for a workshop examining Concordia’s physical, spatial, geographical and material histories.

Using resources from the old building, the Concordia University Television station and school archives, Tanaka and Badger will set up four work stations in the new building.  With the help of live-editing technology, participants will create a video production responding to the archival material and related discussion.  This finished video will be screened the following day at the Interdisciplinary Cartographies conference, as well as on CUTV’s in-house broadcasting system over the following weeks.

Saturday March 21 2009

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Mapping the Sound of Places – David Paquette

Maps are representations of physical places. Visual features of a place can be abstracted and symbolized, but its acoustic features are hardly representable. In this workshop, we will talk about alternative means of representing sounds on maps. The workshop is divided into two parts: First, participants will be guided through downtown Montreal in a silent soundwalk. Then, there will be a seminar on sound mapping, in which participants will be assisted in the production of various maps representing their soundwalk.

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