We love maps and we love art. So we decided to combine the two and launch a World Map Design Competition together with the Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle (CoCA). The challenge: re-imagine the map of the world.
We spoke with Joseph Roberts, board member and exhibit curator at CoCA, to get his thoughts on the challenge and the project.
Joseph, thank you for stopping by. How did you originally get involved with 1-World Globes & Maps and what are you hoping to accomplish with a partnership like this?
The “Re-envision The Map of The World” project is the brainchild of John DeGiacomo, 1-World’s Marketing Coordinator. Because of my deep involvement with CoCA, John reached out to me to discuss whether it might make sense for CoCA to collaborate on this project. I was immediately convinced. I’m fascinated to see how different artists will respond to the same words. What is a “map”? What is the “world”? What is a “map of the world”? What does it mean to re-envision that?
CoCA is a catalyst and forum for the advancement, development, and understanding of contemporary art. I’m always looking for projects that advance that mission. So, if a project promises to introduce CoCA’s work and that of its artists to new audiences, I’m interested. What do we hope to accomplish? Synergy.
Has there been much interest in the competition? I saw that you put out a call for artists. Can you tell us anything about people’s reactions to the project? Continue reading