'Maps ultimately testify to our belief in the value of exploration, whether the compass is pointed inward or out. To do so is to appreciate the value of the mind as a dynamic vessel of exploration: it does not travel according to the limits of the compass rose, but moves by association. And when the mind comes to rest, when it ceases it’s orientating leaps and shunts and associations, we find ourselves back where we started, where Here intersects Now.'
Stephen S Hall, “You Are Here, Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination”
Collage on paper
60cm x 40cm
This is the point: in the age of the information society, when getting lost has become ‘optional’, when we are able to find the places where we go by simply ‘activating’ on our smartphone the required layer of information, checking not even a map but just one little fragment of it, Déirdre Kelly’s altered maps take us back near to the physical reality of places by offering us an unreal image of them; a distorted image that, paradoxically, allows us to identify with geography much more than using the precisely arranged cartography we experiment with as a result of the digitalization of our daily life.
Geographer, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona