Library Lates: Talking Maps
Join us for an interactive exploration of the finest maps in the Bodleian's collections. Through talks, tours, workshops and hands-on art activities, discover how maps can tell us who we are, as well as where we are. Guided by ancient maps and contemporary works, journey from the medieval Mediterranean to Stephen Walter's Brexitland.
Activities include flooding a lego model of Oxford, chatting with experts about historical disease maps of the local area and meeting with the Bodleian's Head of Conservation to discover how the huge Sheldon tapestry map of Oxfordshire is being researched and preserved. Meet with Uncomfortable Oxford to look at ways in which we perceive our 3D world in a 2D way or pick up a researcher from our Living Library shelf and pick their brains about your favourite topic. Come away from the evening with your own printed cartographic keepsake, badge or a map-themed 'zine.
Alongside these drop-in events running throughout the evening, we will also have some timed talks:
Layla Curtis - Disrupting Cartography
Artist Layla Curtis dissects and reconfigures maps, building new cartographic worlds which disrupt our trusted system of mapping and present surprising juxtapositions and new possibilities. Curtis will introduce several of her manipulated cartographic works including her first collaged map United Kingdom (1999), a work included in the Talking Maps exhibition NewcastleGateshead (2005), and work recently acquired for the Bodleian Map collection The Thames (from London Bridge Arizona, to Sheerness, Canada) (2013).
Stephen Walter - Brexitland, and the Breaking Down of Place
Join artist Stephen Walter as he speaks about his work. Many of his previous map projects looked towards the building-up of information and semiotics attached to certain places. Recently, Walter has explored ideas that reverse this process towards a breaking up of these traditional notions of place that are now more uncertain and in flux. This will include his Brexitland, 2019, currently on show in the Talking Maps exhibition.