“‘as a municipal civil servant, you know how important it is for your city to be accurately mapped out. literally. not only for yourself, but especially for the residents of your city. we will gladly help you create a folding map that is precisely tailored to the demands of your city. you can – if you wish – make certain information on your city map stand out extra strongly. for example, all of the government agencies, other public buildings such as libraries and theatres, garbage collection district boundaries, public transportation routes, etc.” – bianca stitger

03/07/2012 § Leave a comment

works by gert jan kocken (from top down)
depictions of amsterdam 1940 – 1945 (2010)
detail view of depictions of amsterdam 1940 – 1945 (2010)
depictions of rotterdam 1940 – 1945 (2010)
detail view of depictions of rotterdam 1940 – 1945 (2010)
detail view of depictions of rotterdam 1940 – 1945 (2010)

 

in the depictions of rotterdam and depictions of amsterdam, artist gert jan kocken compresses a five year time period of war and genocide into one moment.  each image gert produces is fabricated from maps used by the nazi invaders cataloging specific characteristics of rotterdam and amsterdam; certain ghettos within these cities come to the fore.

while the first time i came across these maps i was struck by the beauty of the imagery and the richness of the information brought out by the overlay effect, learning about these works only makes them more impactful.  i highly recommend reading bianca stigter’s essay on these works by gert jan kocken – she manages to mix the everyday quality of maps with the sinister undertones of the markings found on these particular maps.

all of this came to mind while recently posting about maia gusberti’s project – travel agencies.  but it also brings to mind the power of doris salcedo’s installation for the istanbul biennale.

 

more than everyday objects

a young hare

 

 

notes:

[title + images]     today’s title comes from bianca stigter’s essay musing maps found on gert jan kocken’s webiste.  the images were also found via gert jan kocken’s website.

[more overlay]     for more on the art of the overlay on ayh follow this link to the works of idris khan.

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