An Atlas of Radical Cartography is an exhibition and publication project co-edited/co-curated by myself and Lex Bhagat. We define radical cartography as a practice that uses maps and mapping to promote social change. The publication takes as its central thesis that the map is inherently political. It provides a critical foundation for an area of work that bridges art/design, cartography/geography, and activism. An Atlas of Radical Cartography is a collection of 10 maps and 10 essays about social issues from globalization to garbage; surveillance to extraordinary rendition; statelessness to visibility; deportation to migration. The maps and texts provoke new understandings of networks and representations of power and its effects on people and places. These new perceptions of the world are the prerequisites of social change.
7500 copies of the book in three printings were produced from 2007-2010. It is out of print, but stay tuned for a PDF version in 2016!
The exhibition An Atlas toured to 19 venues in the US and Europe, including Greater New York at PS1 (NYC), LACE (LA), Gallery 400 (Chicago), CASCO (Utrecht), and Whitespace (Zurich). The exhibition featured the 10 artists/maps from the book, and included several local radical map artists at each venue.
Maps: Unnayan, Institute for Applied Autonomy with Site-R, Trevor Paglen & John Emerson, An Architektur, Pedro Lasch, Lize Mogel, Jane Tsong, the Center for Urban Pedagogy, Brooke Singer, Ashley Hunt.
Essays: Jai Sen, Institute for Applied Autonomy , Visible Collective & Trevor Paglen, Maribel Casas Cortes & Sebastian Cobarrubias, Alejandro de Acosta, Sarah Lewison, Jenny Price and others, Heather Rogers, Kolya Abramsky, Avery Gordon.
Book Design: Kimberly Varella