Seven Blocks / Seven Centuries
Presented in conjunction with CREATIVE TIME as part of the 'Creative Time Summit: Occupy the Future' in October, 2016. Two walks invited participants to inhabit the landscape of Shaw and Black Broadway as it existed, exists, and will exist in the 17th through 23rd Centuries. Photos by Tan Bo Photography.
Participants are asked to focus on a single sense during a walk through familiar neighborhood. These might include the traditional five senses, or others such as a sense of justice, humor, or pride. Findings reveal human responses to the built environment which serve as clues to mapping a utopian future for the landscape.
Surveying Public Space: Georgetown
A six-month survey conducted while in residence at Halcyon ArtsLab in 2016 included explorations of tiny alleys, opulent gardens, private gates, and fenced off wildernesses of Washington's wealthiest urban space. These walks allowed contemplation of issues including: gated exclusivity; the lost history of the past century amid fierce preservation of the previous one; the qualities of a truly inclusive public space; and climate change's long term impact on DC's waterfront. Walks were plotted on a large hand-drawn map to create a speculative vision that imagines exclusivity replaced by public commons.
Expeditions Across North America
Future Cartographic expeditions have included walks all over North America including: Decatur, GA; Big Sur, CA; Chicago; Philadelphia; Minneapolis; Reading, PA; San Antonio; and more. Pictured is Christian Benjamin whose stories of past and present in Decatur, including a recently demolished Dairy Queen led Future Cartographic to a speculative vision of a 2215 C.E. where Decatur's civic life revolves around an ice cream cathedral at which life's daily small victories are reflected upon over cold treats.