Lindsay Palmer
The way we structure our understanding of our world is surprisingly similar to the way we have structured our understanding of ourselves. The configuration of maps, for example, mirrors the way that we have divided up our human bodies. The process of understanding is the main function of maps. Much as gender does to the human body, contemporary maps have taken what for centuries humans were only able to speculate over, and turned it into an easily accessible grid of knowable symbols and signifiers.
And while maps seem concrete our world is constantly changing. The names of places on the map change, the linear definitions change, and all the while the continents are shrinking. Yet we must cling to a certain belief in the constant security of our globe and the structures that inhabit them. So the grid becomes sedimented into experience, assumed to be a map of reality rather than an arbitrary representation.
I am interested in how we understand ourselves in relation to the world around us, and how we choose to organize and construct our world. I am interested in exploring the themes of progress and movement, of travels through time and place. In order for society to adjust to the changing ideologies of its peoples it must be demountable, reusable, and changeable over time. It is possible, because reality is what we all agree it to be, and as so is a concept of some flexibility. After all the subversive potential of art is the ability of the imagination to picture the totality as something completely different.