Posted by: Sea Change Gallery | June 8, 2009

Curators’ Note

This website catalogs the Grassroots Cartography art exhibit curated by SEA Change in Portland, Oregon, USA in May 2009.

Grassroots Cartography Exhibit

Grassroots Cartography Exhibit

 This exhibit featured maps

  • of where our food comes from locally and globally
  • comparing unemployment rates of past and present recessions
  • representing different definitions of sustainability
  • of Los Angeles’s water systems, demonstrating how it drains streams
  • countries where the us has dropped bombs
  • blank maps of Portland that the audience filled in
  • of places where communities connect, these places were mapped by audience members
  • of future worlds that thrive sustainably
  • demonstrating the use of public transportation increases when access to it increases
  • personal bike routes through Portland
  • of “Portlandness”
  • different countries’ land claim to Antarctica, and how their claim is disappearing as the ice melts.

Intention of Exhibit: How can maps help us understand, shape, and gain perspective on the world we live in? These cartographic interpretations and visual conversations seek to:

  • effectively quantify the positive and negative effects we have on the world
  • depict the health of our world today in reference in to the past and future
  • emphasize the subjective nature of map making
  • connect communities
  • democratize our ability to shape the world we live in

Artists: Katherine Ball, Alec Neal, Matt Warren, Jaclyn Kampmeier, Howard Silverman, Andrew Fuller, Rick Potestio, Jane Tsong, Elin O’Hara Slavick, Portland State University Geography Department, Tyler Nishitani, Barbara Gerke, Marc Moscato

Curators: Katherine Ball and Alec Neal,

Location: SEA Change, Portland, Oregon, USA.