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New York City Maps

 

2005 - 2011 (plus ongoing)

9 maps; pen and pencil on paper, scanner and Photoshop

 

You may also download a printable PDF of this work here.

 

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Living on the Pacific Coast, and then relocating to Buffalo, traveling to New York City has remained a special and fairly rare occasion in my life so far. As I did not adopt smartphone technology until mid-2011, my trips to New York always involved drawing various small maps to help me navigate to particular locations.

 

In 2012, realizing I was now depending almost exclusively on mobile computing to help me navigate (no matter where I am), I began the process of culling together all of my scratch-maps I could find of NYC.

 

These fragments of spatial data are often charged with specific emotional and intellectual connections; they are slight yet frightful tools. But to be clear, this is not an instance of nostalgia or Luddism. As I continue to collect and assemble these, I stand both in the present and in a dislocated temporal vantage-point, on the threshhold of mobile computing, proposing the question to inventors, designers and users: How might we ensure that our emotional and ethical existences remain the spirit behind our consumption and generation of spatial experience?

 

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This process of collecting and compositing is ongoing. I'm not a hoarder, but I'm quite sure there are napkins, receipts and disused journals within my belongings that hold yet more pieces of this particular map.

 

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