Once maps were special. They were collected, copied, encrypted, used to plan wars and proved wisdom and influence. The map was the muse for artists like Johannes Vermeer and Jasper Johns, who made them the focus of paintings.
Now maps are commonplace and banal. As publishers fade away, map shops close and road atlases are replaced by GPS directions, do maps continue to fascinate artists?
A new exhibit of recent works puts the art back into cartography and coincides with the second GeoNext conference. Maps of big data, novel interpretations, emotions and ideas remind us that it isn’t the process or media that matter when a big, stationery, canvas is required.
Come to GeoNext for the chance to have a good, long look at some of the finest maps from recent times.
Submissions are now open for the map gallery at the Geonext conference.
If you have an original cartographic piece that’s beautiful, innovative, or informative – or, perhaps, all three – then the GeoNext organisers would like to consider it for presentation as an example of the State of Cartography on the day.
Digital map submissions should be accompanied by a short paragraph explaining what’s unique, novel or noteworthy about the map and its design.
Entries close on the 30th November – get in quick
To submit, visit: http://www.geonext.com.au/the-state-of-cartography/.