Workshop: Mapping Mobilities. Nodes of Transitions and Encounters

26. Juli 2012

The workshop focuses on the production, the geo-politic dimension and communicability of alternative forms of knowledge. Therefore reference projects related to various theories, emphases and methods of artistic and scientific research, which relate to „cartography“ and “mapping” of transnational mobility and migration, will be introduced and discussed.

Participants will be asked to present their self-governed and organised knowledge as well as applied methods, strategies, conversion-techniques from their respective disciplinary field (art, architecture, performance, cultural studies etc.). Based on their ‘career-, mobility- or migration-paths’ the group will develop a network of paths – an extensive two- and partly three-dimensional mapping. Along each path selected macro-political events and micro-political experiences – linked to participants’ biography, fields of interest and research questions – will be located. During the whole workshop the network-installation will serve as the central visual and chronological system of ordering, which will be augmented with various sorts of texts, comic-style drawings, photos and narrative audio tracks etc. The network-installation, produced in a collective manner, serves as the central tool for communication, interaction, mediation and reflexion.

Who may attend?

Everybody interested in the topic and process of knowledge-production mentioned above is cordially invited to participate. Particularly researchers, cultural practitioners, students, teachers and cultural workers in the field of art, architecture and cultural sciences as well as non-professionals with a strong interest in on the representation of knowledge and visual communication might feel attracted.
By the way it is possible to enter the workshop anytime!

Venue/ Location

Zemstvei Museum
Strada Sciusev 103
Chisinau/ Moldova

Sequence and Timeframe

Wednesday 24.04.2013, starting at 7pm

As an introduction we present some of our own projects by referring to a selection of (historic) mapping-approaches and -techniques – followed by an overview on the objectives and the sequence of the workshop.

Thursday 25.04.2013, starting at 1pm – Open End

Every participant is asked to present his/her individual ‘path-story’ in a short performance by using theatrical elements and drawings. The narrations are tracked on large sheets of paper and fixed on the walls of the space. Based on the displayed information the group is asked to develop ideas and concepts for a collective mapping. This mapping is going to be converted in an extensive installation (by using the floor, walls, etc.) the next day.

Friday 26.04.2013, starting at 1pm, culminating in a final presentation at 7pm

At the beginning the group has to agree on a common form of representation and on the layout of the collective mapping. Subsequently everybody is asked to elaborate and extend his/her individual nodes and narrations and integrate them into the collective mapping. The final presentation culminates in a polyphonic guided tour along the routes and nodes on display.

For an overview about previous works, projects and workshops please visit also:
www.mhmz.at

The workshop is realized within our residency in Chisinau within the framework of Black Sea Calling an Artist-in-Residence Exchange Programm between 9 art institutions based in countries around the Black Sea and 5 art institutions in Austria.
Thanks to KSA:K Contemporary Art Center Chisinau – Moldova and <rotor> Artist Association Graz – Austria