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A mapping project: Doing things separately together

Mosley, Jonathan

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Dimensions: 10 maps of 130.48cm x 101.48cm.

Materials: Digital prints on dibond.

Commissioned by the Arnolfini to work in collaboration with the curators as a central thematic cluster to 'The Promise', we devised a conceptual framework that aimed to explore the layered reality of the city as a shared and contested territory where both the past and the present co-exist. A series of maps have been created in dialogue with specialists and groups within Bristol. The project 'Doing Things Separately Together' is the outcome of research on 30 different subjects relating to the way given systems, structures and spaces within the city are both occupied and transformed by its inhabitants. Subjects range from the presence and locations of CCTV and surveillance, the geological landscape underpinning but often hidden from city life, to sites of social and political unrest. Each map brings together three separate layers of information, normally disassociated, to mobilize their associative and contingent relations and offer up alternative re-presentations of the city. 'Bombed City, Construction sites, Quarries' as one example of the interplay between three such layers. The maps, both anecdotal and statistical, seek to reveal the ways in which we simultaneously identify, claim, circumscribe and imagine the space of the city over time.

Exhibited: Arnolfini, Bristol within ‘The Promise’ exhibition 19th July – 9th November 2014 with artists/architects: Abraham Cruzvillegas, Assemble, Charlotte Moth, Gabriel Lester, Isa Genzken , Jennifer Kabat, Jeremiah Day, John Miller, Jonathan Mosley, Josef Strau, Judith Hopf, Kate Newby, Lost Property, Marcel Breuer, Oscar Tuazon, Sophie Warren, Stephen Willats, Studio Manuel Raeder, muf.

Research assitants: Anthony Elliott, Libita Clayton.

Graphics: William Richardson, Jake Gunn.


Mosley, J. (2014). A mapping project: Doing things separately together

Physical Artefact Type Artefact
Conference Name The Promise
Conference Location Arnolfini, Bristol
Start Date Jul 18, 2014
End Date Nov 9, 2014
Publication Date Jul 18, 2014
Publicly Available Date Jun 6, 2019
Keywords mapping, atlas, participatory artwork, architecture, urbanism, cultural activism
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