Robert Graham: For “Imagined geographies”, I will review some of
the ways in which artists have used maps or map-making strategies: as icons
(Johns, Curnoe), as survey (Haacke, Douglas) or joined with time to render the
human geography of place and pathway (Long, Sterbak).
Kathy Kennedy: Maps are tools for understanding the world from different points
of view - political, cultural, personal, and historical. The web has become
a convenient repository for kinds of mapping that hold sonic information. However,
this kind of representation is often a far cry from real experience.
Juan Geuer: Cartographic grids and the precise mapping of scientific information
are essential for the understanding of the unpredictable dynamics of our planet.
I will discuss how that applied to the discovery of plate tectonics and the
interpretation and understanding of seismic energy patterns. Interestingly when
these systems reach their limit only human artistic ability can lead the way.
Robert Graham was born in Montreal in 1950, where he continues
to live and work. Since 1980 he has written on the visual arts for magazines
such as Parachute and CV Photo and catalogue essays for the Musée d'art
contemporain de Montréal and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography.
He has contributed to several instalments of Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal,
including curating an exhibition at the Dazibao gallery in 2001. Recently he
has written essays on the photographers Roger Lemoyne and Michel Campeau for
monographs on their work published by Les editions 400 coups. His current research
interests center on mapping as a mode of organizing knowledge
Kathy Kennedy is a sound artist with a background in classical
singing. Her art practice generally involves the voice and issues of interface
with technology, often using telephony or radio. She is also involved in community
art, and is a co-founder of the digital media center for women in Canada, Studio
XX, as well as the innovative choral group for women, Choeur Maha.. She currently
teaches Sound Art at Concordia University. www.kathykennedy.ca
Juan Geuer is an artist, scientist and inventor. As a professional
draftsman with the Dept. of Energy Mines and Resources for 26 years, he was
in charge of the mapping of scientific information. In his work he has introduced
a new of negative engraving – a concept applied to his artworks presented
in Conceptual Cartographies - that increases precision and accuracy, invented
a system, the ‘terrascope’, to model and map the dynamics of continents
and one of his works applied to model and map energy patterns deriving from
earthquakes. His work has been shown at the National Gallery of Canada, the
Musée d’art contemporain, Darling Fondry, The Ottawa Art Gallery,
the Museum Boymans in Rotterdam, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology among