Chicago Map Society: Ruth Watson, Brave New Worlds

Chicago Map Society Meeting
Saturday, February 21, 2009

For over twenty years, Dr. Ruth Watson has worked with cartographic ideas and imagery as a major basis for her artwork. From emerging artist projects such as Planetarium at Artspace (Auckland, 1989) to Paradise Now? Contemporary Art from the Pacific (Asia Society Museum, New York, 2003) her work has consistently engaged with these concerns, particularly the image of the world. Watson seeks to present alternative worldviews, often via little known map projections, by engaging with the structures of mapping itself. This talk will cover most aspects of her work for a new audience. She will focus on recent work that has involved a mapping the universe project and ongoing concerns with the histories and specificities of map projections.