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A photo of a secret CIA prison. A map designed to help visitors reach Malibu’s notoriously inaccessible public beaches. Guidebooks to factories, prisons, and power plants in upstate New York. An artificial reef fabricated from 500 tons of industrial waste. These are some of the more than one hundred projects represented in Experimental Geography, a groundbreaking collection A photo of a secret CIA prison. A map designed to help visitors reach Malibu’s notoriously inaccessible public beaches. Guidebooks to factories, prisons, and power plants in upstate New York. An artificial reef fabricated from 500 tons of industrial waste. These are some of the more than one hundred projects represented in Experimental Geography, a groundbreaking collection of visual research and mapmaking from the past ten years. Experimental Geography explores the distinctions between geographical study and artistic experience of the earth, as well as the juncture where the two realms collide (and possibly make a new field altogether). This lavishly illustrated book features more than a dozen maps; artwork by Francis Alÿs, Alex Villar, and Yin Xiuzhen; and recent projects by The Center for Land Use Interpretation, the Raqs Media Collective, and the Center for Urban Pedagogy. The collection is framed by essays by bestselling author Trevor Paglen, Jeffrey Kastner, and editor Nato Thompson.


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A photo of a secret CIA prison. A map designed to help visitors reach Malibu’s notoriously inaccessible public beaches. Guidebooks to factories, prisons, and power plants in upstate New York. An artificial reef fabricated from 500 tons of industrial waste. These are some of the more than one hundred projects represented in Experimental Geography, a groundbreaking collection A photo of a secret CIA prison. A map designed to help visitors reach Malibu’s notoriously inaccessible public beaches. Guidebooks to factories, prisons, and power plants in upstate New York. An artificial reef fabricated from 500 tons of industrial waste. These are some of the more than one hundred projects represented in Experimental Geography, a groundbreaking collection of visual research and mapmaking from the past ten years. Experimental Geography explores the distinctions between geographical study and artistic experience of the earth, as well as the juncture where the two realms collide (and possibly make a new field altogether). This lavishly illustrated book features more than a dozen maps; artwork by Francis Alÿs, Alex Villar, and Yin Xiuzhen; and recent projects by The Center for Land Use Interpretation, the Raqs Media Collective, and the Center for Urban Pedagogy. The collection is framed by essays by bestselling author Trevor Paglen, Jeffrey Kastner, and editor Nato Thompson.

30 review for Experimental Geography: Radical Approaches to Landscape, Cartography, and Urbanism

  1. 5 out of 5

    David

    This is a primarily artistic, pretty loose, and fascinating approach to geography. Most of the work in the book (presented like an exhibition catalog to a gallery show) is conceptual and quite intellectual revolving around humanity's relationship to space and how we are defined and how we actively can redefine our habitats. The book was full of inspiring concepts of how to reconfigure our perceptions of locations. One group presented makes awesome diagrams of the production of an iPod accompanied This is a primarily artistic, pretty loose, and fascinating approach to geography. Most of the work in the book (presented like an exhibition catalog to a gallery show) is conceptual and quite intellectual revolving around humanity's relationship to space and how we are defined and how we actively can redefine our habitats. The book was full of inspiring concepts of how to reconfigure our perceptions of locations. One group presented makes awesome diagrams of the production of an iPod accompanied by the labor history of each stop along the production chain. Another group in L.A. develops alternative brochures which discuss the environmental impacts of various developments. And another group gives bus tours to mining sites and shows in order to put people in touch with the production of pieces in our everyday lives.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mathew

    Incoherent and wildly disparate collection filled with vague descriptions/depictions of "space" and "place-ness" and the pseudo importance thereof. Yearning to gaze at something but can't find your navel? This book should help.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Monster

    Apparently too art-po-mo for my blood. I found the book flashy and lacking in substance; I don't want to insinuate that the artists/authors are not critical, thinking people, but I was repeatedly distracted by this over-indulgent presentation that seems to portend unselfconscious privilege.

  4. 5 out of 5

    stephen

    very interesting and purty too.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    informative, recommended overview of artists interacting with geography.

  6. 5 out of 5

    sam

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    Levente

  8. 4 out of 5

    Peixian

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    Shin Yu

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    Nate

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    Kat

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    Erika

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    Evie

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    Kevin

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tanja Bergqvist

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    Lisa

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michele

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    Katie

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    Janet Rebecca Castle

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    Kate

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    Tania

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    Jonas Hart

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    Susan

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    Ching-In

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    Khaleed Ouafi-Zimmermann

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    Cheryl

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    Corrie

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sam

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    Kathleen Hulser

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas

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