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Jan. 19: Carnegie Mellon's Miller Gallery and STUDIO for Creative Inquiry Host Symposium on Alternative Geography and Mapping Technology, Jan. 28-30

Contact:

Eric Sloss        
412-268-5765  
ecs@andrew.cmu.edu

Carnegie Mellon's Miller Gallery and STUDIO for Creative Inquiry Host
Symposium on Alternative Geography and Mapping Technology, Jan. 28-30

PITTSBURGH-The Miller Gallery and the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University will host the "Contestational Cartographies Symposium," introducing the thoughts of leading experimental geographers who employ mapping techniques in new ways. The Contestational Cartographies Symposium is open to the public and will be held Jan. 28-30. Admission is free to most of the events. "Maps represent, maps reveal, maps entice and maps distort," said Golan Levin, director of the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. "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."
      
This symposium will investigate the ways maps are creatively used in critical practice and cultural research, and how they influence our understanding of the world and our place within it. For more details, visit http://www.cmu.edu/millergallery/contestationalcartographies.

Schedule:

5-6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28
Trevor Paglen Lecture and Book Signing, "Blank Spots on a Map"
McConomy Auditorium, University Center, Carnegie Mellon campus
Paglen has methodically amassed rich visual evidence for military installations, secret prisons in Afghanistan and a collection of even more obscure "black sites" startlingly close to home. Here, Paglen takes us on a road trip through the world of hidden budgets, state secrets, covert bases and more guiding us through a landscape that intelligence insiders call the "black world." Co-presented with the Carnegie Mellon School of Art Lecture Series.

8-10 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28
"Information Mapping" Dorkbot with Chris Harrison and Susanne Slavick
The Brillobox upstairs, 4104 Penn Ave. at Main, Lawrenceville
$7 tickets pre-sale, $10 at the door
Slavick, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon, is a painter whose response to cartographies is manipulating and abstracting real and imagined space. Harrison is a Ph.D. student in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon. Co-presented with Dorkbot Pittsburgh.

Noon, Friday, Jan. 29
Experimental Geography: Exhibition tour with artists Lize Mogel and Trevor Paglen
Miller Gallery, Purnell Center for the Arts, Carnegie Mellon campus

1-2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 29
Closing Reception, Experimental Geography Exhibition with refreshments
Miller Gallery, Purnell Center for the Arts, Carnegie Mellon campus

5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 29
The World as a World Map: Lecture and Book Signing by Lize Mogel
STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, College of Fine Arts, Carnegie Mellon campus
As technology and commerce blur more and more geographic boundaries, the iconic world map cannot adequately describe the intricacies of globalization. In this lecture, Mogel presents radical cartography projects that question and re-think familiar representations of the world.

6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 29
Squatting the High Ground: Panel Discussion with Pablo R. Garcia, assistant professor of architecture at Carnegie Mellon; Lize Mogel; Trevor Paglen; and Rich Pell, assistant professor of art at Carnegie Mellon
STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, College of Fine Arts, Carnegie Mellon campus

Noon-2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 30
Make a Video Microscope from a Hacked Webcam: Workshop with Rich Pell
STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, College of Fine Arts, Carnegie Mellon campus
$20 admission includes a webcam
Attendees will learn how to turn a cheap, off-the-shelf webcam into a video microscope that works with common video streaming programs like Skype and iChat. Guests will use the webcams to explore the microbial life forms that are currently living around and on us, and share the results on the Web. Presented in connection to the UCLA BioOutlaws Conference.

3-5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 30
Basic Geographic Information Systems for Artists, Activists and Naturalists: Workshop with Jessica McPherson
Baker Hall 140F, Carnegie Mellon campus
$15 admission, ages 14 and up
McPherson, a plant ecologist, journalist and activist, will show participants how to use GIS to re-envision traditional mapping and display vital information about the state of the natural world.

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