My busted Atlas

A not-very-useful-anymore Road Atlas.

Liz and Ellen were both amused when I texted them to enquire whether either of them possessed a Road Atlas ‘since I made a collage out of mine.’ I think Ellen thought I was joking until she pulled mine out of the passenger door on the way to Stirling, opened the Oxfordshire pages, and found the shredded doily that was once the relevant pages.

Shredded doily.

Although everything from Newcastle Northwards remains intact in my Atlas, we needed some help with the tricky M6 stretches of the route. Luckily, we had a combination of Liz’s printed out googlemaps instructions and Ellen’s clever iPhone for navigating our way to Stirling for Knit Camp, but I am happy to be able to now announce what exactly I had been up to, with my Atlas!

sound:site speakers!

The destruction was part of my quest to create visuals for the forthcoming sound:site event that I am co-organising with Paul Whitty and Martin Franklin for this October, at South Hill Park’s Digital Media Centre. I wanted to create a simple image that would unambiguously combine ideas of sounds with places. In a very literal fashion, I dismantled and recovered my beloved cardboard MUJI flatpack speakers with pages from my road atlas.

Map speakers.

Martin has written a post about the SHP brochures which mentions the map speaker images, as well as a great photo of Jonathon Coleclough taken by Greg C and sourced through the wonderment that is Flickr.

You can read about my ideas for sound:site here, but if you need a paper map to find the way to the venue where it is going to be held, I’m afraid I can’t help; You’d best stick to googlemaps or an Atlas that doesn’t belong to me and my scissors.

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