<em>Downtown Ambassador</em> by Jamie Hilder</p>

Downtown Ambassador by Jamie Hilder

Counter Mapping

This contemporary interdisciplinary exhibition brought together the work of 17 professional artists around the theme of counter mapping the city of Vancouver. This exhibition began with a question: if maps are the instruments of power, how might we produce and circulate a poetic, radical cartography?

Working across disciplines, artists deployed a range of tactics in their rewriting of the urban landscape, utilizing mapping and surveillance technologies to constructive disruptive cartographies. We moved from tracking individual lines of inquiry through GPS to impersonating tour guides in offering alternative histories of the city. We traced maps to get lost in the city, to descend into and experiment with new ways of moving through the urban terrain.

The exhibition included collaboration between cultural geographers from the University of British Columbia and visual artists at Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts. Counter Mapping premiered at the 2011 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, and selected works toured to the University of Glasgow for an international conference entitled Excursions: telling stories and journeys.


Vincent Andrisani
Jordan Bent
Aja Rose Bond
Nathan Clarkson
Natalie Doonan
Milena Droumeva
Jamie Hilder
Eli Horn
Simon Levin
Jason Levis
Gabriel Mindel
David Murphy
Ruth Scheuing
Jennifer Schine
Matt Smith
Katherine Somody
Jay White

Joanne Chan
Jainy Lastoria
Cindy Leibel
Ze Liu
Laura McKillop
Solana Rompre
Caitlin Sinclair
Yi Xin Tong
Menelaine Valencia
Shelly Wang
Risa Yamaguchi

Curated by Caleb Johnston


©Jamie Hilder

©Jay White

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