The editors of An Atlas of Radical Cartography wrote in to promote their book. “An Atlas of Radical Cartography is a collection of 10 maps and 10 essays about social issues from globalization to garbage; surveillance to extraordinary rendition; statelessness to visibility; deportation to migration. It pairs artists, architects, and designers with writers to address the role of the map as a political agent. [It] makes an important contribution to a growing cultural movement that traverses the boundaries between art, cartography, geography and activism.” Physically, it’s an unusual product: 10 essays in the book, accompanied by 10 fold-out maps, all slipcased. Excerpts are available on their website, which should give you a sense of what they’re on about. An Atlas is also a travelling exhibition that is fortuitously in Chicago at the moment.
Update, Jan. 20: Catholicgauze reviews the book but does not share its politics: “The politics of the atlas are clearly leftist. … Those who favor Catholicgauze for President best stay away to avoid leftism combined with academic jargon. On the other hand, if post-Fordism and Hugo Chavez inhabit your dream world then there is something here for you to enjoy.”
- Buy An Atlas of Radical Cartography at Amazon.com