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Geography of fantastical countries

For those who didn’t come to Saint-Dié-des-Vosges Festival this year (so am I), I warmly recommend to listen to this radio podcast (french only), which echoes the main topic of this year’s festival : http://www.franceculture.fr/emission-planete-terre-de-peter-pan-a-tintin-geographie-des-pays-imaginaires-2015-09-30 This program touches on many subjects and comic books already mentionned in this blog. Pour ceux qui, comme moi, n’ont…

"3-D cities : Beirut" / "Villes en 3D : Beyrouth" - Mona Hatoum

Mona Hatoum’s map works / Les oeuvres cartographiques de Mona Hatoum

Mona Hatoum’s exhibition, held at the Centre Pompidou until the 28th of September, gathers over 100 works of this internationally renowned artist, in media as varied as performance, video, installation and sculpture. A dozen of these works give a particular overview of Mona Hatoum’s fascination for maps, which she represents as figurative images of real…

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Trap Street

A trap street, or errata, is a fictitious street inserted into maps to purposefully trap potential copyright violators of the map. Normally quite innocuous, these fictitious bits of information are used as proof to spot where plagiarism has taken place. The recent chinese feature film « Trap Street » inverts the usual meaning of this expression, becoming…

Till Roeskens’ Videomappings / Les vidéocartographies de Till Roeskens

All works of the artist Till Roeskens proceed  at the beginning from geography. When he chooses to use maps or landscape views, this is less for their aesthetic quality as for their primary function: restoring the form and the arrangement of space. But Till Roeskens always place « at man’s reach », i.e. at the level of…

Imaginons à quoi pourrait ressembler une ville intelligente / Let’s imagine what a « smart city » could look like…

« Mémoire morte » (this title could be translated either by « Read-Only Memory » or « Dead Memory ») is neither the latest album nor the most original one of Marc-Antoine Mathieu (a famous french comic-books author, who received many awards at Angoulême Festival). But in a way, it could be considered as one of his most visionary creation. Published…

Cartographers in a Middle-Age World City / Des cartographes dans une « Ville-Monde » médiévale

Les maîtres cartographes (Mapping Masters) is a series of 6 comic books published between 1992 and 2002, drawn by Paul Glaudel and written by Scotch Arleston. This author is well-known for his large collection of heroic fantasy comic books, including  the famous Lanfeust de Troy‘s series. Les maîtres cartographes est une série BD de 6…

Cartographier une planète où les lieux sont mobiles : Donjon. Sfar, Trondheim et al.

Donjon is a series of satirical fantasy comic books created and supervised by two famous French artists, Joann Sfar and Lewis Trondheim. Many other talented designers have contributed to this collective work: Manu Larcenet, Christophe Blain, Blutch or Andreas. The world of the series is extremely complex and changing, and the question of mapping this…