The Map is not the Territory

This series draws from an ongoing interest in layered collage using appropriated images (in this case collecting all the available images of topographic maps returned from a google search). Overlayed in photoshop (as if printed on acetate and continuously stacked on top of each other) the maps achieve a saturation leading ultimately to full black, total white or a kaleidoscopic evenness of line and colour. They Move simultaneously towards complexity and simplicity.

As we progress through an age of acceleration of information are we approaching a levelling out, a white noise.. or are we approaching a vision of cosmic infinity? Robert Anton Wilson’s theory that this experience may signify an imminent transcendent evolutionary leap is a fascinating one for me.

I am interested in how this model of a meta-landscape may have an analog in the world of ideas, in the collective unconscious, in the increasingly organic way in which society and technology (used here to represent all the tools, physical as well as abstract and also language, interface, trend..) are no longer things that we necessarily plan or control, but are forces with which we are intrinsically bound and are now guiding us for good or ill with their own ‘natural’ logic.

On a figurative/sculptural level the lines and curves create a sense of dimensionality and depth. Symbols and markings lost in the complex chaos become texture. Into this dark mesh I project my imagination..

In time, those Unconscionable Maps no longer satisfied, and the Cartographers Guild drew a Map of the Empire whose size was that of the Empire, coinciding point for point with it. The following Generations, who were not so fond of the Study of Cartography saw the vast Map to be Useless and permitted it to decay and fray under the Sun and winters.

In the Deserts of the West, still today, there are Tattered Ruins of the Map, inhabited by Animals and Beggars; and in all the Land there is no other Relic of the Disciplines of Geography.

Jorge Luis Borges‘s “On Exactitude in Science

Wikipedia: “The Map is not the Territory”

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