The Arts of Mapping

Date/Time: 18/11/2017 from 10:30 am - 3:30 pm

A LIVINGMAPS workshop with Kimbal Bumstead and Jina Lee

This workshop is intended for people who are interested in creative approaches to map making, and using maps as part of their arts practice. It follows on from a successful event organized last June, but you do not have to have attended that one to benefit.

In the morning session, each artist will introduce and discuss the basic principles of their approach while the afternoon session is devoted to practical exercises, working in small groups. No previous experience of map making is required. All materials are supplied but it would be useful if you could bring a laptop. Please bring your own lunch, or there are some good local cafes in Fleet Street.

Date and Time

Sat 18 November 2017
Time: 10:30 – 15:30


Tickets £50 (£20 concessions). Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.
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Kimbal Bumstead: Unmapping

This workshop will explore the use of drawing as a tool for capturing emotional and embodied connections to space and place. Based on Kimbal’s current research into ‘unmapping’, in which he looks into the relationship between places, stories, images and mark making as a way of capturing what is felt but not seen, the workshop aims to consider what an embodied map could look like, focusing on using non-representational mark making to tell stories about places of personal significance. It will consider how we can use drawing as a tool to make a map of spaces which are hidden, or private and therefore cannot, or perhaps should not, be mapped. Working in groups or pairs, participants will create a map which combines their different personal realities.

Kimbal’s work explores the use of drawing and painting as a performative tool to capture subjective experience. His work has dealt with issues surrounding migration, nomadism, home, landscape, memory, fantasy and intimacy, with an interest in documenting what is embodied or felt within people and places. He has worked on various psycho-geographic projects in the form of collective map making, docu-narrative video and live performance, predominantly in the context of Artist in Residence projects in Sweden, Finland, Turkey, Tunisia and the USA.

Jina Lee: Destiny/Decision: Making New Maps using Asian Palmology

Jina’s approach is designed to address the question: how can we create a ‘new map’ that deconstructs territorial borders and develops alternative ways in which drawing can function as a method of critical research. In a line with her PhD research, she recently showed her new mapwork called ‘Destiny/Decision’ at the Crypt Gallery London at last summer. Based on Asian palmology, she created new series of maps that reveals Joseonjok’s life asking ‘are you living your fate or creating your destiny?’ This workshop offers an opportunity to learn the techniques of palmology, and participate in the process of drawing a life map.

This workshop draws on Jina’s ethnographic research and also on her teaching at Chelsea, Camberwell and Wimbledon Schools of Art. Her own arts practice utilises mapping as model and metaphor, and is concerned to explore and represent the collapse of fixed territorial boundaries. between social, political and geographical space. Her work has been widely exhibited and is in several private collections.

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Venue: MayDay Rooms

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