It took 92 hours, combing through tens of thousands of maps and atlases from the New York Public Library Digital Map Collection for Jenny Odell to meticulously cut, collect and repurpose the purely decorative and non-informational elements that reside along the edges of maps. The result is a series of three collages featuring mythical creatures, natural wonders, and figures of conquerors and inhabitants – Peripheral Landscapes brings the visual art of maps, often secondary to the map's primary purpose, to the forefront.
To celebrate the public premiere of Jenny Odell’s Peripheral Landscapes series, made for Electric Objects & NYPL Labs’s Net Artist in Residence, join us for a conversation on the art of maps with artist Jenny Odell and NYPL’s Geospatial Librarian, Matt Knutzen.
This intimate event will take place among the atlases and globes in The Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division of The New York Public Library. Electric Objects’ EO1 will be installed in the Map Division to display Peripheral Landscapes during and after the event for the public to enjoy.
About the Net Artist in Residence program:
The Net Artist in Residence is a collaboration between The New York Public Library Labs and Electric Objects to explore the creative possibilities -- and foster new uses -- of digitized historical collections, and demonstrate the potential of the EO1 platform.
About Electric Objects:
Electric Objects, the New York-based startup founded by Jake Levine with curator Zoë Salditch, is poised to transform how original works of art are viewed and accessed in the home. In 2014, Electric Objects introduced EO1, a custom-built high-definition screen designed to showcase digital and Internet art in the home.
About NYPL Labs:
NYPL Labs is an interdisciplinary team working to reformat and reposition the Library’s knowledge for the Internet age. Labs combines core digital library operations (digitization, metadata, online access) with a publicly engaged tech, design, and outreach team focused on enabling new uses of collections and data, collaborating with users on the creation of digital resources, and applying new technologies to library problem-solving.
About the NYPL Map Division:
The Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division is one of the world’s premier map collections in terms of size, scope, unique holdings, diversity and intensity of use. Established in 1898, our holdings include more than 433,000 sheet maps and 20,000 books and atlases published between the 15th and 21st centuries. The collections range from the global to the local scale and support the learning and research needs of a wide variety of users.