Mapping Data: Performing Landscape

Way back in the summertime we were delighted that artists Jen Southern (UK), Jen Hamilton and Chris St Amand (Canada) were able to come to Umea and set up their Running Stitch artwork in the Open Source Embroidery exhibition I curated at BildMuseet. The Running Stitch project uses GPS to enable people to create a handstitched map of their routes and paths around the city. Over the duration of the exhibition a map of  Umea was stitched onto a giant canvas. Whilst the artists were in town we were all excited to meet Per Sandstrom at SLU who has been using GPS to track reindeer movement in Sweden. It seems that our relationship with landscape is being explored and challenged through GPS and GIS across the arts, humanities and sciences. Projects at HUMlab include the QVIST led by Fredrik Palm, and Research Fellow Paul Arthur who has been working on the Virtual Perth project in Australia.

We all agreed that there must be points of synergy between researchers in different disciplines who are using this technology.  Sharing our work may help to develop our understanding of our own practices, and to consider the cultural implications of our research. So at last we have organised a multidisciplinary seminar to take place in HUMlab on December 16th.  1-5pm. Everyone is welcome.

Mapping Data: Performing Landscape
16 December 2009, 1 – 5pm
HUMlab, Umeå University, Sweden

Southern, Hamilton & St Amand (2009) Running Stitch, Umea (HUMlab detail).
Southern, Hamilton & St Amand (2009) Running Stitch, Umea (HUMlab detail).

Paul Arthur, HUMlab Research Fellow. Virtual Perth, Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative.
Jen Southern, Artist, University of Lancaster, UK.
Per Sandström, SLU, Forest Resource Management.
Fredrik Palm, QVIZ, HUMlab, Umeå University.

The seminar will explore questions such as: How does GPS affect our understanding of landscape? What are the cultural implications of GPS and GIS for the audience and for the mapmaker? How do we annotate and story tell? How can geographical data be explored, compared, analysed and animated over time?

This seminar is supported by HUMlab in partnership with BildMuseet at Umeå University.

About Ele

Dr Ele Carpenter is a curator and artist researching the relationship between craft and code within contemporary visual art. She is a Lecturer on the MFA Curating at Goldsmiths College, University of London and Research Fellow with HUMlab in partnership with BildMuseet at the University of Umeå. In 2009-10 she curated the exhibition Open Source Embroidery which was presented at BildMuseet and the Museum of Crft and Folk art in San Francisco. During 2010 - 2011 Ele will be working on a new publication 'Open Source Crafter'.
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