This event will look at the very human habit of constantly recording the city, be that in maps, blogs, films or images.
Gavin McDonald/ Daksha Patel/ David Rudlin/ Ricardo Climent
City of traces: what does it mean to think the city through the trajectories of its inhabitants? This paper looks at this idea in cultural theory and in contemporary art practice, picking at some unresolved tensions. Gavin MacDonald is Senior Lecturer in New Media Theory in the Media Department at Manchester School of Art. His research deals with geomedia.
See more information about Gavin McDonald here.
Image: Detail from a map of the space in front of the artist Daniel Belasco Rogers' front door in Berlin, showing his accumulated movements for the period 2007-2011 reproduced at very large scale.
© Daniel Belasco Rogers.
Our first introduction to the power of the Figure Ground plan was the drawings that George Mills produced for the Moston Valley in North Manchester. The first plan showed the straggling development of preindustrial Manchester, the second the explosion of the Victorian city, the third the damage wrought by the council estates of the 1960s, the fourth the desolation of the area as it was then (and still is today) and the fifth the plan with MBLC’s masterplan inserted. It was an epic story of bounty and squalor, success and failure and like all good stories it had a happy ending as the good urban designer rode to the rescue. This was cartography as narrative on a grand scale and it revealed things that none of us had really understood before.
I have been drawing maps ever since, huge maps that have taken a lot of time. So much time that I have been branded by friends and family as obsessive. So let me take 15 minutes to offer a defence, or at least try and explain myself....
See David Rudlin's blog here.
Daksha Patel is an artist researcher and associate lecturer at MMU. Her practice is concerned with digital systems that scan and map the human body and its interaction with the environment. She has undertaken residencies at The Christie Hospital, Manchester, and Kings College, London. Her work was recently shown as part of The Wellcome Trust exhibition: 'Brains: The Mind as Matter' at MOSI.
See Daksha Patel's work here.
Image: Daksha Patel, 2011, Diffusion 1.3
Locativeaudio is a team of media composers, aiming to take a step forward the way we interact with cities and people from a sonic perspective with a strong technological focus. Since 2011 we run a number of sonic-centric projects started in the city of Manchester and around the world and we have collaborated with historians, social enterprise leaders, policy makers, archaeologists and urban planners.
See more about the Locateiveaudio project here.
See more information about Ricardo Climent's other work here.