A wide shot of a ceramics studio, featuring students working with pottery wheels and other tools.

Narrative Proximities: Art, Design, Politics of Maps


AIADO 4911 001 / ARTSAD 4510 001
Faculty: Jonathan Solomon and Adelheid Mers

This studio explores mapping and diagramming as interdependent techniques. With an emphasis on representing spatial relationships as products of political, economic, or cultural constraints and interests, and vice-versa, the visual representation of locales and their associated narratives is taught as an act of intentional abstraction. Map-making and map-reading are framed as activist disciplines and students must take a position in both. The studio focuses on the Chicago loop and requires students to perform site research and engage selected populations while developing their mapping practice.

This course will be creating partnerships and working in the North Lawndale Community.  It will take place in our new classroom at Homan Square.

Nichols Tower (The Old Sears Tower) 12th floor
906 S Homan Ave, Chicago, IL 60624
A 3 block walk from the CTA Homan Blue Line Stop