"Experimental Geography" Exhibition

CUNY Graduate Center

poster for "Experimental Geography" Exhibition

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"Experimental Geography," is a traveling exhibition that explores the intersection of geographical study and artistic experience of the earth, curated by Nato Thompson and organized by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York.

ICI’s critically-acclaimed exhibition Experimental Geography debuts in New York this summer at a moment when human engagement with geographic phenomena—from earthquakes to oil spills—are markedly on our minds. The James Gallery is an ideal venue for Experimental Geography as the scholarship and activism of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the Graduate Center has informed the foundational methodologies behind this exhibition. The exhibition and a related panel discussion (see below) are part of a year-long exploration of "place" in public programs at the Graduate Center in 2010-2011.

"Experimental Geography" explores the distinctions between geographical study and artistic experience of the earth, as well as the junctures where the two realms collide. The exhibition presents a new practice through a wide range of mediums including sound and video installations, photography, sculpture, and experimental cartography created by nineteen artists or artist teams from seven countries including the United States. As Thompson states, “Experimental Geography considers numerous aesthetic approaches that emerge from interpreting space as a cultural phenomenon. As the artists and researchers in this exhibition comfortably move between discursive territory from geography, to urban planning, to cartography to art, so too should the audiences.”


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