Which way Brouwn (2013)

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This map is the result of a two day workshop at the project space Casco in Utrecht and Het Gebouw in Leidsche Rijn, also known as the Stanley Brouwn Pavilion. Starting from Stanley Brouwn’s famous work This Way Brouwn and Eric de Bruyn’s essay Topological P athways of Post-Minimalism, the goal of the research was to research alternative ways of mapping. In particular, the mapping of a route from Het Gebouw to the city centre of Utrecht. The trip from Leidsche Rijn to Utrecht started with collecting as much information about the route as possible. Unlike the topographical maps we know, which only collect quite static information that is greatly connected to space, I focused on information that was more fluent, time-based and therefore connected not only to a specific space, but also to a specific time. Although topographical maps can also show a development over time, they never show information that is based on minutes or even seconds. The information collected in this map is based on three types of registrations:

1. The registration of sound
2.1 The registration of possible (general) directions
2.2 The possible amount of detours from these
general directions
3. The amount of people I encountered

These registrations were processed afterwards and put into three diagrams. As every diagram
and registration was based on different parameters, the diagrams couldn’t be directly linked in a senseful way. I therefore decided to combine the diagrams in a more graphic way, by directly laying them on top of each other – the way this is often done in Atlases. The result is a map that is full of information, but completely useless when you want to orientate yourself from Leidsche Rijn to Utrecht. Only if one would be able to walk my path at the exact same day and time as I did, one might end up at the right place.

Which Way Brouwn is available at Submarine Jungle.

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