Tag Archives: Mapping

The Travelling Archive: Sounds of Bengal

Was back to looking at sound and found this amazing project called The Travelling Archive. It was started in 2003 by Moushumi Bhowmik a singer and writer based in Kolkata as a collaboration with Sukanta Majumdar, a sound recordist and sound designer. Together they have been touring Bengal – including Bangladesh, West Bengal, Assam exploring, listening and recording the sounds of folk music. Their website is a great resource holding within it field recordings as well as documentation of their journey and what making this archive means. It is quite rare to come across a website that holds so much of the process. Great work!

If you want to buy their work you can do so here: http://www.travellingarchiverecords.com/

The Travelling Archive

Mapping Bogotá: Milena Bonilla

One of the most beautiful projects I have ever come across with regard to mapping a city is the project called Transitory Map 2002-2004 by the artist Milena Bonilla. I came across her work in 2008 in a book I picked up on contemporary Columbian art at an exhibition of Oscar Munoz’s work (who’s another fabulous artist! You can see his work here: http://www.iniva.org/exhibitions_projects/2008/mirror_image)

Bonilla takes random bus journeys through Bogotá city and sews up holes she finds on bus seats. She then maps the city along the line of bus travel using the colour of thread that was used to stitch up the hole. You can see the map, her statement and images of the stitched up seats here: http://milenabonilla.info/eng/planotransitorio.html

I think what really interests me is the use of what has been traditionally seen within the ambit of craft, of women’s labour, of the personal here used to draw the map of a city. In a way you end up navigating a city through an activity that is very much singular, a gesture that holds within itself notions of nurturing, of healing, of caring and within a public space.

In the images that document this activity with a before and after the event, the stitching up is never meant to be hidden like in darning but a very visible sewing up holding within that stitch the tear as well.