Conversations About Landscape: The New Atlas, An Evolving Tool for Landscape Awareness

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 • 6:00 p.m.
Exploratorium, Pier 15, Bay Observatory Gallery
Free; RSVP required, email, or call 415.528.4444, and choose option 5.
All Ages

Join four contemporary atlas producers whose work expands the traditional form of the historical atlas by infusing it with social criticism, personal perspective, and historical commentary.

Megan and Rick Prelinger, co-founders of the Prelinger Library, will describe five thematic atlases they assembled for the Bay Observatory, aided by designer and archaeologist Stacy Kozakavich. The atlases combine historical and contemporary map elements with images, timelines, texts, and ephemera, offering diverse viewpoints on the Bay Area's natural, social, and cultural history.

Writer and activist Rebecca Solnit will talk about her series of unconventional city atlases, including Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas, Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas, and a New York atlas still in progress. The atlases offer deep and layered explorations of place through re-imagined cartography supported by commentary from artists, activists, writers, and residents.

Technologist and educator Laci Videmsky will present the New California Water Atlas, an online project that seeks to tell the story of California water, to make water resource data more accessible and transparent, and to provide tools to activate citizen participation.

The Conversations About Landscape series is funded by the Coastal Conservancy and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.