Upcoming Events at Miller Gallery-School of Architecture - Carnegie Mellon University

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Upcoming Events at Miller Gallery

Upcoming Symposium and Art Work on Display

Contestational Cartographies Symposium, Jan. 28-30

There are many scheduled presentations, workshops, an exhibition tour, and a panel discussion, including artists in our current exhibition, Experimental Geography (Trevor Paglen, and Lize Mogel, CMU alumna), SoArch professor Pablo R. Garcia, School of Art professors Susanne Slavick and  Rich Pell, local ecologist/journalist Jessica McPherson, and others.

Maps represent, maps reveal, maps entice, maps distort.  They selectively omit, they unwittingly exaggerate, and they even make outright lies. Though maps strive to project authority and objectivity, they cannot help but embed the biases, blind-spots and idiosyncrasies of their human authors.

As our lives are played out in increasingly networked realms, we have become carto-literate as never before; we read maps produced by governments and corporate interests, yes, but also collaboratively author maps online, inscribing new representations of ourselves and our priorities. Contestational Cartographies introduces the thoughts of leading “experimental geographers” who employ mapping techniques in new modes of critical practice and cultural research and, in so doing, help us “read between the lines” of the world around us.

Contestational Cartographies is co-organized by the Miller Gallery and the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University. Produced with support from the CMU School of Art Lecture Series, the Vice Provost for Education, Dorkbot Pittsburgh + the Brillobox.

All events are free + open to the public unless otherwise noted.

The newspaper and website, ART WORK: A National Conversation About Art, Labor, and Economics,

We will have a limited supply of paper copies available for free and on display in the Miller Gallery in February. We encourage you to plan public discussions and readings related to the newspaper's topics in the gallery, during gallery hours (Tues.-Sun., 12-6pm). This can be part of a class, but should be something that our regular gallery audience can attend. To schedule, email Erin Pischke, Exhibitions Coordinator. A downloadable classroom version of the paper is also available on our website.

The Workshops

Make a Video Microscope from a Hacked Webcam, and Basic Geographic Information Systems for Artists, Activists and Naturalists, have limited seating. Details for the symposium and workshops follow. All events are open to the public.

Please help us spread the news to your students about the upcoming Contestational Cartographies Symposium and Art Work.

If you would like a symposium brochure, please email Margaret Cox, Graphics and Office Coordinator.

If you are interested in a group tour of our current exhibition, Experimental Geography, you can book this with Erin Pischke.

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By: from Astria Suparak, Director, Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University