Meridians (2011)

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A walk with GPS through London along the quote “It is not down in any map; true places never are.” Herman Melville, Moby Dick

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I arrived on a train. From Shortlands station in Bromley I first headed for a newsagent to top-up on sugar and water before embarking over a golf course on a walk along the words of Herman Melville. The quote “It is not down in any map; true places never are.” first appeared in 1851 in Melville’s Moby Dick. I set out to map these words as part of a voyage along two meridians, two arbitrary lines that slice through London. I carried a handheld GPS (Global Positioning System) receiver to trace my movements by recording my position regularly along the journey.

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Commissioned by the University of Minnesota Design Institute for “ELSE/WHERE MAPPING: New Cartographies of Networks and Territories” 2006, published by the Design Institute and distributed by University of Minnesota Press.

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