The map is not the territory (montedellarte) / book launch
The Map is not the Territory (Montedellarte)
book launch and display / lancio del libro e display
25th may 2018, 6:30 pm
Cittadellarte, Fondazione Pistoletto
The Map is not the Territory (Montedellarte) is an artist’s book, a video and an installation visualising the artistic result and process of Montedellarte.
People sometimes confuse the representation of reality with reality itself. The mapping of a territory, therefore, does not constitute the actual territory. Despite our best efforts to control the world around us, we often fail. Perception does not always coincide with reality.
On 1 October 2017, Belgian artist Griet Dobbels produced the art happening Montedellarte on Monte Cucco in Biella. A group of hikers drew a physical map in the landscape by walking along a contour line. People from all over the world could watch and participate in the hike via the project website and app.
The artist’s book takes the form of a layered geographical map and is an attempt to control the chaos of the process through intensive mapping. The installation consists of two light boxes and is conceived as a 3D presentation of the artist’s book. The video is a compilation of the footage recorded during the art happening and the photographs taken by the hikers while walking along the contour line. Slowly but surely, the landscape is revealed.