Those Confounding Maps

Visual Editions has been exploring the rocky terrain of current and future books – design, delivery and platform. Their most recent release, Where You Are is a book of maps and website that collects writing (non-fiction and fiction) and visuals (drawings, photographs, paintings) and tests the common notions of what a map is. “A wide range of writers, thinkers, artists responded to what their map would be, bringing together human stories about modern, everyday personal lives and mapping,” states VE’s editors. Each map/story is its own discrete fold-out piece, distinctly designed a fitting into a box with the blurb “A book of maps that will leave you completely lost.”

N-VE5_WhereYouAre_LR1Stories are truly engaging and range from Chloe Aridjis’ short story mapping out the daily journeys of a homeless woman in Mexico City, to John Simpson essay that looks at the perils of following GPS systems in South Africa, to James Bridle mapping the technology and looking at how GPS was developed in the first place, to Geoff Dyer mapping out his childhood in Cheltenham according to sex, death and drugs, to Leanne Shapton documenting her everyday desk objects at the end of each working day. The publisher states: “Where You Are begs the question: What would your personal map be? Here is a book of maps that will leave you feeling completely lost.”

Introduced by Will Gompertz, BBC Arts Editor, the Contributors are: Chloe Aridjis, Lila Azam Zanganeh, Alain de Botton, James Bridle, Joe Dunthorne, Geoff Dyer, Olafur Eliasson, Sheila Heti + Ted Mineo, Tao Lin, Valeria Luiselli, Leanne Shapton, John Simpson, Adam Thirlwell, Peter Turchi, Will Wiles and Denis Wood. Designed by Bibliothèque (book) and The Workers (web). Go here to see more and order many for £35.00 / $50.00. What’s more its so much fun to open a goody-box.

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