Coordinated by Jojo Black and Elisa Baek with contributions by terra publica
June 28 – August 15, 2011
Mappa Mundi: The Earth Project drew inspiration from the ICI’s “Earth Cabinet”, a collection of dirt specimens from all over the world currently housed in a refurbished communion cabinet. These specimens comprise of dirt, dust, grit, shell, sand and other types of earth material from locations including: Ayres Rock, Australia; Suzhou, China; Stonehenge; the Berlin Wall; Zion, Utah; Jerusalem, Israel; Kanagawa, Japan; Paris Catacombs; the Grand Canyon; Gubbio, Italy; and Giza, Egypt. The “Earth Cabinet” collection brings together a myriad of geographic terrains to reveal where the Institute of Cultural Inquiry and its publics have visited in the past, as well as where they might go in the future.
Using the tools and resources of the Internet, The Earth Project provided a platform for people to contribute their own “earth samples” and plot them out on an interactive world map where others can easily view and share them across various networks.
Through their contributions, the terra publica (people of the earth) became the curators of this project. They selected the material, they made the connections, the interpretations, the meanings, they gave the “earth samples” their movement and purpose. 100/10 was an invitation to construct a new world map, one that reflects all the intricacies and experiences we share as individuals on this journey through earth’s terrains.
Here, you find an archived interactive map of The Earth Project – and explore the contributions of terra publica. An archived capture of Mappa Mundi: The Earth Project website, which provided the platform for participation, can also be seen below. You can also visit the documentation page at our laboratory for more information.