Navigating Berlin: Perspectives on Cartography
The exhibition series presents a never-before-seen, private collection of Berlin maps dating from the 18th Century to the present day. Each chapter of the 3-part series offers unique perspectives through which to challenge our understanding of the city via its cartographic representation – showcasing a changing selection of maps, books and photographs from the collection. In conjunction, contemporary artists present new works which reflect the themes and narratives of each show, creating energetic dialogues with the newly-revealed archive.
Chapter 1: Snapshots & Transitions
The series begins with a closer look at Berlin’s history and offers an introduction to the enigmatic world of cartography. Taking the visitor on a journey through the mapped city, the selected maps, objects and accompanying text allow for an exploratory experience. Visitors can uncover some of the hidden stories and fragmented histories scattered around the city, whilst observing Berlin’s transformation through the years.
Featuring artwork by DISSS and Olaf Kühnemann
Chapter 2: Design & Cognition
Maps use their own distinct system of symbols, scales and measurements as a way of interpreting and articulating the world around us. But how straightforward is the interchange between maker and user? The exhibition considers the Berlin maps beyond their function as rhetorical, navigational tools and opens up their potential as creative artefacts with dialogic power. Viewers are invited to immerse themselves in the compelling language of legends, scales, cardinal points, grids, networks, cartouches and vignettes.
Featuring artwork by Elizabeth McTernan and Simon Faithfull
Chapter 3: Representation & Absence
The final exhibition of the series reveals some of the political motivations which have influenced the publication of the Berlin maps. Going beyond the realm of reduction and simplification, many of the cartographic examples demonstrate editorial inaccuracies, deliberate falsifications, artistic exaggerations or even depictions of fantasy! Missing portrayals of Berlin are considered, alongside the exclusion of particular demographics from the map-making process.
Featuring artwork by Birgit Szepanski and Hadas Tapouchi
A project by Lisa Gordon in collaboration with CLB Berlin
Gefördert von der Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa