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31.01.2019
 

PERSONAL CARTOGRAPHY, Jovana Ćosić

 

A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing.

Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man Under Socialism (1891)

Une carte du monde ne faisant pas mention du royaume d’Utopie ne mérite même pas un coup d’œil, car elle laisse à l’écart le seul pays où l’humanité finit toujours par aborder.

Oscar Wilde,L’Âme humaine et le socialisme.

 

Maps are signposts, cities are people, arrondissements are groups of people, which maintain their humanoid shape.

My story has begun in September 2014 in Marseille and it is ongoing.

This project is a continuation of the research in cartography, initiated during master studies on the University of Aix Marseille.

The original idea was to present the map of the city through personal experiences of its citizens. By asking questions about private and public space, collage, diary and map as a medium and souce of inspiration, I came up with an idea of personal cartography. My intention was that in the course of this project, already realized in different digital media, I emphasize the individual and its imprint in space.

I invited people to participate in this project, by giving them maps of the city and telling them that their task is to draw in their everyday routes and record an audio track on their movement or a personal story, inspired by the city they are living in.

City residents create billions of such maps every day. Even if all of their routes were visible, it would certainly change the way cities look today. Later, I drew all these routes and animated them in a simplified map of the city, presented as a audio-video instalation and animation.

This project deals with the wholeness and division of a city and a map on the arrondissements. They are presented here with graphic forms of human shapes, representing the reflection of my experience of space and authentic sound of the city.

The space of a city map is limited and divided and each of these parts represents a separate personality, hiding a story and corresponding sound. My experiences are also present in different parts of the city. The way part of the map are represented in space demonstrates human relationships – selection, grouping .... Its game is a dialogue of the citizens of Marseille, who participated in the creation of my intimate cartography.

 

 

Jovana Ćosić (1983) graduated on the department of Graphic Arts on the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade. Afterwards, she enrolled into Ph.D. program in Interdisciplinary studies on the University of Arts in Belgrade, department for digital art. Later, she completed a master program on the University Aix-Marseille in France, department for creation of digital image. On this univeristy, she pursued a research degree in plastic art. She exhibited her work on many group and solo shows in the country and abroad (France, Poland, Denmark, Switzerland, Hungary, Japan…). She is the recipient of the annual award for print of the Faculty of Fine Arts. She has been a member of the Association of Fine Artists of Serbia since 2008. She participated on several residential programs and graphic art colonies in the country and abroad. Since 2014, she has been living and working in Marseille, where she has an atelier and concept store Verre Minuit, with her colleague Arnaud Busquet. Her fields of interests include silkscreen, digital print and painting. Also, she works as a translator.