Peripheral Landscapes: People, Gods, and Flora/Fauna
These collections were created for Electric Objects during my time as a net artist in residence at the New York Public Library Labs, using old maps from the library's Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division. I extracted these people, gods, plants, and animals from the margins of the maps, which often contain decorative and "scientific" elements more telling of the times than the cartographers could have ever known. These depictions preserve traces of colonialism, heliocentrism, superstition and more. In other words, these marginal beings show how what would have been understood at the time as a neutral picturing of the world was in fact culturally framed (literally, in this case).
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