Friday, 13 June 2008

Here be dragons

Calling all intrepid explorers, pioneers and reporters.

Sunday (15th), 12pm-2pm
Meet at Victoria Station by the tiled map near the ticket office
Concluding at John Rylands Library Cafe, where we can continue exploring with 'Under the Pavement: The Field'

Find the dragons, beasts and monsters
Collect the fear, the foreign and the unknown
Map the permanence and impermanence

Here be dragons is a journey to the holes and cracks that quietly form along the folds of a well used map, escaping into spaces that in this particular context have ceased to exist. If we consider the number of maps in circulation we can assume that these expanding holes can be found in various sizes at almost every location.

An urban legend claims that early cartographers labelled lands that had not been mapped or documented with the phrase ‘Here be dragons’. In reality this sentence has only been found on the Lennox Globe (ca. 1503-7), although early cartographers were known to draw fantastic and fearful beasts in remote unexplored corners of the world.

Using one of our worn and weathered maps of Manchester we will set out to document these ‘holes’, searching for the monsters and dragons that lurk within these disappearing territories, exploring the fear and exclusion of the unknown or foreign and how shifting communities and cultures are infiltrating previously ‘mapped’ situations.

Our (potentially mis-informing) acts of journalism will be displayed at the Nexus Art Cafe for the remainder of the Get Lost Festival. Following Sunday's event visitors to the cafe can continue taking out the map and adding their findings to the exhibition, a growing museum of found objects, texts and photographic documentation.

If at all possible please give me a call, or send me an e-mail to say you’re coming. Otherwise please feel free to just turn up on the day.

We will be setting off in small groups, some of whom may need to travel by bus. If you have a camera please bring it along.

Kaspar Wimberley

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