Gibber + Counter-mapping and the avant-garde lectures at Ausland / Thursday, 25.06.2015

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As the 2012 Queensland Poet-in-Residence, Angela Rawlings developed Gibber—a transdisciplinary site-specific project that combines sound, visual, conceptual, and digital poetries with acoustic ecology and counter-mapping. Spawning from an ecopoethics praxis that applies the three environmental R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle) to creative process, Gibber surveys interconnection between (ideas and realities of) land, bird, human, signified, signifier—all founded on a gentle interrogation of the language nurtured “here” (here being Queensland, Australia).

Gibber includes field audio recordings and photo documentation of biotic and abiotic collaboration, synaesthetic museums of sound, and an archive of a multisource polyphonic exquisite corpse composed live via Twitter by 25 international poets. angela will lead a virtual walk-through of the project from a creation perspective, touching on the ecopoethical questions raised and the conceptual procedures that have informed the project’s development.

Counter-mapping and the avant-garde

The practice variously called diagram art, radical cartography, and counter-mapping refers to a diverse range of works that artfully subvert the typical coordinates and protocols of traditional map-making. Imagine, for example, attempts to chart “cities of memories,” “imagined landscapes” and “conceptual countries.” Consider an interactive digital map that instantly transposes the effectsof war in Baghdad onto San Francisco or one that fixes the location of every surveillance camera in Manhattan. Envision a room-sized global map made of junk computer parts or a map composed exclusively in braille.

Stephen Voyce’s presentation will briefly trace the history of contemporary counter-mapping practices to early 20th- and mid-century avant-garde collage, mixed-media, intermedia, and video art, before turning to the transformative role of digital media in contemporary map-making. He examines the ways in which counter-maps permit us to reevaluate notions of community, boundary, space, and memory.

Gibber + Counter-mapping and the avant-garde lectures

Thursday, 25 June 2015 | 20:00 CET
Ausland | Lychener Str. 60 | 10437 Berlin/Prenzlauer Berg

arawlings.is/gibber/ | stephenvoyce.org | ausland-berlin.de

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