Geographies of Chance: Mapping (Narratives) in the Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection
The exhibition considers works of alternative mapping from the Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection holdings, taking inspiration from Fluxus works (particularly Daniel Spoerri's 1966 book, An Anecdoted Geography of Chance) in which artists map deliberately digressive paths of memory and association.
Not cartographic in the traditional sense, these maps reflect the underlying geographies of the world around us; the passage of time, the changes of history, the construction of self or the organization of texts. Making evident the invisible paths drawn on the landscape through performance or imagination, the patterns wrought by nature, and the disputed social borders that often go unnoticed, these books challenge our assumptions of what a map can be or where a map can lead us.
This exhibition is held in conjunction with The Chicago Festival of Maps.