We are overwhelmed by the positive response for This Is Not an Atlas. It is (german) amazon besteller in “globalization” (even if we would prefere counter-globalization;). And the first edition of 3000 copies is already sold out. So it seems we have a wide audience. Interessting and somehow funny to find out about the differences between the readers of Not-an-Atlas. We are celebrating the latest issue of Bodo street newspaper (sold by homeless people – https://bodoev.org/) which features our global counter-mapping collection. And we continue wondering and discussing how to interpretate the fact the we also got a very nice review in the “police newsletter” (polizei-newsletter.de). Our readers seem to be as diverse as our maps or even more. We appreciate this wide audience and hope all of them understand the message behind maps made by homeless people (imaging-homelessness-in-a-city-of-care) and apps that denounce police violence (militarization-of-rio-de-janeiros-favelas).
At the Event in Basel we discussed Not-an-Atlas with Julia Mia, author of Über Projektionen: Weltkarten und WeltanschauungenVon der Rekonstruktion zur Dekonstruktion, von der Konvention zur Alternative. Besides presenting Not-an-Atlas to local activists and confronting it with their practice we, thus, deepened the discussion on the necessity and potentials of alternative projections of the world.
As a usefull tool to experiment with possible projections, check out Julia Mia’s Worldmapcreator.
December 5th 2018, 7pm. we present Not an Atlas at Depot in Vienna
This Is Not an Atlas gathers more than 40 counter-cartographies from all over the world. This collection shows how maps are created and transformed as a part of political struggle, for critical research or in art and education. This Is Not an Atlas seeks to inspire, to document the underrepresented, and to be a useful companion when becoming a counter-cartographer yourself. We want to present this global collection of counter-cartographies in a way that activists, academics, artists, counter-cartographers, editors and authors of This Is Not an Atlas can share their experiences in different ways.
We enjoyed our release events in Berlin and Hamburg so much, that we will continue to do Not-an-Atlas Presentations in other cities and countries. At Depot kollektiv orangotango will present our overall work and Not an Atlas in specifically. With the Vienna based cartographer Florian Ledermann (Research Group Cartagrophy, TU-Wien / GenderATlas) we will discuss Not an Atlas as well as his and our experience in critical cartography.
Listen to the radio review of “This Is Not an Atlas” from Deutschlandfunk directly here (Player FM) or got to the page of the show Andruck: https://www.deutschlandfunk.de/andruck.1309.de.html?drbm:date=2018-11-26
Listen also to the radio feature on counter-cartographies, kollektiv orangotango and Not-an-Atlas from the community radio Corax out of Halle: https://www.freie-radios.net/91523
A nice (german) online review about Not-an-Atlas from the Greenpeace Magazine: https://www.greenpeace-magazin.de/nachrichten/die-raeumliche-emanzipation-ohne-worte-sondern-mit-atlas-karten