Surface, Air and In-Between: Re-reading the map


The use of maps as a medium of communication in our work is mainly to offer new insights and new possibilities. The aim is to read beyond what is there, to come up with new matrixes of ‘resistance’ that might operate without the limitation of boundaries. In doing so, the maps primarily emphasize spatial gaps rather than given boundaries, either by subverting existing boundary lines, or by inventing new layers. The uniqueness of these maps lies with the fact that they are very experimental, welcoming the insertions of new layers that explore what has been lost and what has been kept. In the process of reviewing the map, we have tried to draw it from below, rather than the conventional ‘top-down’ view, with its complex social layers of invisibility and subversion. Both allow for moments to emerge that can break and penetrate through boundaries.

This process of re-reading and redrawing the map is hoped to contribute towards the alternative map that Edward Said called for:

“In the history of colonial invasion maps are always first drawn by the victors since maps are instruments of concur. Geography is therefore the art of war, but can also be the art of resistance if there is a counter map and a counter strategy.” (Said, 1993)

While re-drawing the map we went through a process of cutting the occupied land as a desire to explore its potentials. The outcome is a series of readings that take place on the Surface, in the Air, and also In-Between.

Aerial Map

In-Between Map

 

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