MAPS: Representations of Place in the Arts

Second Semester (Spring 2014) – Course no. 23915

An Interdisciplinary Seminar of the School of the Arts, Spring 2014: In the Framework of Da’at Hamakon: Center for the Study of Cultures of Place in Jewish Modernity (ICORE):

 Prof. Edwin Seroussi and Dr. Ruthie Abeliovich with the ATOM (Arts, Technologies, Science and Media) Research Group at the School of the Arts: Dr. Hava Aldouby, Dr. Diego Rotman, Dr. Omri Ruah-Midbar, Dr. Joseph Sprinzak and Dr. Danny Schrire. Distinguished guest scholar: Prof. Irit Rogoff, Professor of Visual Culture, Goldsmiths College, London University

 Cartography is a field of study and a practice that outlines the spatial relations between location and identity. It is based on the idea that reality can be codified into a signifying structure that clarifies and communicates spaces. This seminar will look into artistic strategies, with emphasis on new resources open to artist by digital technologies and cyber art, confronting the naturalized relations between geographical accounts and systems of representations: language, history, perspective, sound and transparency.

Maps ease our basic anxiety when facing disorientation. This anxiety also functions as a reflexive metaphor for the identity of the self (assuming of course that identities can indeed be delineated): the map is an object of reference that marks the individual in relation to a given space. The map situates the subject in relation to the agency of space. As a cultural, political and epistemological activity, mapping is embraced by empires and modern nation’s narratives of their formation and history. Maps encode and camouflage interests into visual signs that translate power hierarchies as well as material and political relations into two- or three-dimensional spatial taxonomies (considering now the capabilities of computers).

This innovative graduate seminar is designed to investigate the uses and displays of maps and mapping in the contemporary arts with emphasis on the Israeli and Jewish scenes. The seminar will engage students and researchers with the notion of maps and mapping in its broadest sense and will also look at the impact that new technologies have on the articulation of concepts of art and its boundaries at the outset of the 21st century. Jerusalem will serve as the laboratory in which the theoretical and practical concepts will be explored.

Documentation of the Seminar Activities:

Borderline Performance Event

Mount Scopus Excursions and Events Video Gallery

Student Projects Gallery

Content Pages

Borderline – Performance Event, February 18 and 25, 2014 MAPS: Academic team


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Poster of Maps seminar