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"It is not down in any map; true places never are."

- Herman Melville, Moby Dick, 1888


Inspired by the conversations of the first D+arty Monkeys Darty_Monkeys#Virtual_roundtable_09.2F10.01.16 Global Virtual Hangouts on 9 January 2016, we found a common thread. UN-MAPPING.
While mapping immediately conjures associations (matrix operations, physical maps, cartography, GPS tracking, ...) we would like to turn mapping around to ask what it can be.

These are the beginnings of brainstorms. More soon...


  • Vanessa - explore digital media to unfold information otherwise from nature and environment.
  • Sachiko - my interest is to deconstruct the ideas of mapping around the BIODESIGN for the REAL WORLD project


This is a process to define what unmapping as a process could be
Some directional questions in our minds:

  • how could mapping be if we removed the anthropocentric perspective?
  • what if north is not north?
  • what is a map if it comes from rememberance?



  • 24 hrs. The Unconference PARENTHESIS - An Unconference organized by SARN :: Swiss Artistic Research Network [1]


  • "White clothing becomes grey after a few hours" Environmental science: Pollution patrol by Kat Austen, Nature 2015[2]
  • Tega Brain Kilowatt-Hours [3]: "Over time, the work forgets"
  • Converging ecologies [4]
  • World Day of Water: In 2016, the theme is "Water and Jobs," [5]


  • Waterwheel is an interactive, collaborative platform for sharing media, knowledge, ideas, performances and presentations about or inspired by water. [6]

Visualizations beyond 2D

  • Adrien Siegal's Mollata Meander [7]: alluvial flows over 15 years of a section of the Molalla River in the Cascade Range of Clackamas County in NW Oregon
  • Luke Jerram's Tōhoku Japanese Earthquake [8]: sculpture seismogram of the 2011 earthquake
  • Crime Reports by information designer Sha [9]
  • Your junk is beautiful [10]