A propos tracing mobility, here the description of the last interesting exhibition of Tracing Mobility: Cartography and Migration in Networked Space:
The exhibition, Tracing Mobility: Cartography and Migration in Networked Space, is the final event that completes the Tracing Mobility project; a project which spanned two years and four European countries. The overall project included residencies, workshops, exhibitions, symposiums, and other satellite events that took place along the Croatian coast (north of Split); in Nottingham, UK; Warsaw, Poland; and Berlin, Germany. This final exhibition in Berlin showcases works that were either commissioned specifically for the show or produced in distinct relation to the Tracing Mobility programme. Overall, the exhibition is a continuation and a further exploration of an ongoing dialogue that seeks to descry the cultural aspects of our mobility, the future of our mobility and the new spaces thus created or altered as a consequence.
Through the positions of sixteen international artists from various backgrounds, such as visual art, new media art and performance, the show is a provocative staging of the role electronic networks play in transforming our conceptions of time, space and distance. In a variety of formats or platforms, such as installation, video, performance, painting, ‘Apps’, maps and open-source collaboration, these artists’ projects visualise a current of developing strategies lobbying for a position of awareness, observation and engagement within the sovereign as well as restrictive field of our ‘new’ spatial condition(s) and conditioning.
Within that (or outside of that), unravel many questions and provocations: How shall we understand, or rather, how can we even enunciate, the new space that arises in the convergence of online and offline? ; What does this do to one’s perception of time and space? ; When every corner of the earth is mapped and within one’s digital grasp, how is one’s physical and conceptual sense of distance and space affected? ; How does the omnipotent presence of our virtual mobility effect the movement of a body in a landscape and what does it indicate? ; How does the ubiquity of mobile technology and its media alter our own mobility?
Clearly concerned with experiencing, questioning, understanding, probing, mining, and redefining what space, and its relational antecedents, means today and how we navigate, negotiate and mobilise within it, the exhibition presents a diverse and dynamic topography of such encounters. Each work on display executes its own variation of cartography, some in a more traditional way in referencing geographical maps, while for others the point of entry is their own movement—‘real’ or virtual—logged, mapped and transposed as the artist’s medium, which as the exhibition enumerates, is employed to exponential variety.
Photo: Simon Faithfull – Going Nowhere 2