I wish I were passing through Cincinnati this week to catch the tail end of the exhibit, “Uncoordinated: Mapping Cartography in Contemporary Art” at the Contemporary Arts Center. Here’s a description from their Web site:
Maps have a remarkable effect on our view of the world. At the root of their power is our frequently unquestioning acceptance of cartographic messages. Though we equate maps with truth, it is crucial to be conscious of the omissions and limitations of the map making process in order to create a readable map. Thus in turn, maps and their makers have the ability to manipulate their audience with the information chosen to include.
This exhibition addresses the subjective nature of mapping, how we locate ourselves in consideration of changing boundaries and territories, and how we give visual form to boundaries, territories and land masses.
One of the artists featured is Noriko Ambe, who does amazing things with books. The show is on view through August 17.