Collective Maps (on-going)
*This is an ongoing project. If you like to share your map, you are more than welcome to send me your file (or mail me!). :)
“Really there’s nothing here. It’s like a place where you live. The only useful thing about the studio is that after some time you can imagine something.
A forest, for example. I walk in it. Today it is nothing for me, but perhaps in two weeks it will become something."
- Christian Boltanski, ‘Studio Visit’, Tate Magazine, no. 2, Summer,2005
During the Artist-Residency in Art Square Tainan, I install the residency space as an artist’s open studio, encouraging passers-by to participate in the process of ‘mapping’.
I set a mailbox and invite others to draw maps without any purpose. These collected maps have revealed various hidden stories:
Such as the subject of ‘home’:
Such as indexical information:
Childhood houses that have been destroyed during earthquake/typhoons or dismantled under urban gentrification. These ‘homes’ now only exist in one’s memory/imagination:
Both maps are about the town ‘Lui-Jia’, but they are saying different stories:
Or perhaps this project starts from Tainan, many people share their food maps:
Sometimes we could guess the unknown participants’ personalities through their use of colour and figures:
Insects’ or pets’ maps:
© 2014 YinHua Chu