"...decisions about where to walk next are made not by reference to an authoritative architectural guide or tourist map, but by some form of individual, subjective response to the emotional contours of the urban landscape." (from 'The City of Psychogeography' by Iain Borden)
My idea is about dismantling the constuct of a map as a form of abstract representation. Instead, I want to create a new form for a map where you can get a sense of a place, and get a sense of the relationship between places. I want this form to provide information as if you had experienced the place first hand, but also provide information about places (+ the connections between them) that would be inaccessible otherwise.
After identifying the sites in NY to expand, I want to then decide what kind of dialogue exists between these places...how can I connect one place to another? How do these spaces interact? What information about a place can I show so that a viewer can derive meaning?
This yellow image is a crude illustration of my concept. The boxes represent the NY sites. There are also some ideas about the ways to connect the sites. I think this process will grow organically, since the connections (both in concept + form) will be partially reliant on how + what I created as initial reference points.
The other images are from a project I did a while back. It is a little book about commodity culture. It's mostly comprised of images in addition to some text I added in. The point of the book is to illustrate the concept of commodity culture through the images I selected. I think a book like this could be a good starting point as a form to illustrate a connection between my selected sites. Some connections that I can identify off the top of my head are: power, exclusivity, refuge, privelege. Each of these ideas would become their own book. And the images / text would rely on the places I reference.