MAPPING THE TERRAIN: An art workshop on Deep-mapping through an Accordion style book
By Visual artist, Sareena Khemka
Deep Mapping is the process of mapping a space rather than a geographic place. It is layered with memory, meaning, imagery and personal association providing different meanings to different people. The deep map does not present a fixed view of a location; instead, its inherent instability allows for the ongoing development of a places identity, and its capacity to reveal historical and contemporary human experience. It recognises that people and places are central to the identity of a place, providing multiple perspectives of a single place.
In this workshop, one will learn how to put together a deep map in the format of an accordion book, the layers and folds of which will provide further depth to the map.
A good book draws you in with its story and an accordion-style book which is basically one that opens out reveals a story as it is unfolded and is a great way to visualize the map of a space. It can incorporate, text and poetry along with visuals and can be extremely engaging and innovative.
Process of Mapping
Dependent on the no, of participants specific, places will be chosen and divided in terms of spaces and imagery that is associated with Bangalore. Various tools and techniques will be provided to create collaged and drawn maps, which will be drawn and assimilated into the book.
Materials provided will be recycled magazines, pages from books, old drawings, newspapers, ticket stubs, posters, pamphlets and some printed imagery along with drawing materials. The participants are encouraged to gather some material of their own as well for the college.
The participants will learn how to make a simple 4 fold accordion books in the style of an artists book with simple binding methods that requires no prior knowledge and is easy to pick up.
Workshop Break down
½ hour discussion, showing sample images and brainstorming of ideas, followed by 2.5 hours of making the book along with the map within it.
About the artist
Sareena Khemka is a visual artist working in mixed media drawing and sculpture, mapping cityscapes through its past present and future using architectural forms and patterns. Her works have been exhibited in Delhi, Calcutta, Bombay, Chennai and Bangalore as well as internationally. She studied painting from the Art Institute of Chicago & Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan and has been a resident artist at Space 118 Mumbai several times. Sareena has also taught several art workshops in Chicago and Bombay.