Another Earth Map
This didn‘t only occur to me: Nearly every story of utopian places end by the sinking or getting lost of such a place of another similar way. Or the maps leading to those places got lost—and the way to them is lost too, forever.
Stories of utopian places describe models of different ways of communities, reflecting the societies of the authors’ contemporary situation. I made a collection of the names of utopian places, sorted by categories, cities, countries, islands, planets, and put them on signposts. Its shape is one of several variations of obeliscs which I found as being used within the first mapping of time by my knowledge.
In the year 1694 all important routes of mail and trade in Saxony were officially mapped in by distances, and the mail fees were calculated after the invention of the »kursächsische Postmeilensäulen«. This system economized time, it revolutionized the speed of transport. The work of stagecoaches was simplified and optimized, there were less excuses for being late different to our use today, the signpost didn‘t show the distance in miles but by the time it takes to reach the destination. The series »Postsäulen« (mail pillars) is divided into quarter, half and full mile distances.
Following the topic of mapping I developped a world map of 38 squares which shows personalities, individual world drafts, the legacies of colonialization and different forms of massive madness in general.
Exhibition view “Kingdom Paradise” ACC Galerie Weimar, 2015
Exhibition view “Kingdom Paradise”, Städtische Museen Zittau, 2016
Exhibition view “Lost Paradise” Halle 14, Leipzig, 2017