Google is not the Map (2008)

"The world is my idea": this is a truth which holds good for everything that lives and knows, though man alone can bring it into reflective and abstract consciousness."

Arthur Schopenhauer from "The world as will and representation"

Since ancient times cartography has been used to describe the world as a geometric ensemble of measurable points, lines, areas and data-labels on a plane. While the world slowly fades away in an increasingly multiplication of self-representations, the map making process - missing its real reference - becomes nothing more than an empty-meaning abstract practice: so, what do all those maps stand now for?

In order to disclose this contradiction - or just to give a paradoxical point of view about it - the imaginary art-group Les Liens Invisibles has explored the world along its self-referential techno-linguistic layers, moving through its hidden mechanisms and forcing the grammar of its public-released API code.

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"The world is my idea": this is a truth which holds good for everything that lives and knows, though man alone can bring it into reflective and abstract consciousness."

Arthur Schopenhauer from "The world as will and representation"

Since ancient times cartography has been used to describe the world as a geometric ensemble of measurable points, lines, areas and data-labels on a plane. While the world slowly fades away in an increasingly multiplication of self-representations, the map making process - missing its real reference - becomes nothing more than an empty-meaning abstract practice: so, what do all those maps stand now for?

In order to disclose this contradiction - or just to give a paradoxical point of view about it - the imaginary art-group Les Liens Invisibles has explored the world along its self-referential techno-linguistic layers, moving through its hidden mechanisms and forcing the grammar of its public-released API code.

Commissioned by LX 2.0 - a project by Lisboa 20 Arte Contemporanea and curated by Luis Silva - Google Is Not The Map (GISNTM) is a collection of over 35 GeoPoeMaps, a series of works in which ordinary maps become the unusual surfaces used to disarticulate the perception of the world, to trace new routes across the boundaries and to draw new imaginary geometries of the possible.

About Les Liens Invisibles ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ Les Liens Invisibles (http://www.lesliensinvisibles.org/) is an imaginary art group from Italy. It is comprised of media artists Clemente Pestelli and Gionatan Quintini. Their artworks are based on the invisible links between the infosphere, neural synapsis and real life.

Links and routes to nowhere ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^

Google is not the map

http://google.isnotthemap.net

A map is not the map

http://map.isnotthemap.net (for credits, info and linear maps index)

Poetry is not the map

http://poetry.isnotthemap.net (for silly poems about map statements)

Press is not the map

http://press.isnotthemap.net (press area)

Contact is not the map

http://contact.isnotthemap.net (contact area)

Credits ^ ^ ^ ^ A project by Les Liens Invisibles

http://www.lesliensinvisibles.org

Commissioned by LX 2.0, a project by Lisboa 20 Arte Contemporânea

http://www.lisboa20.pt/lx20/

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