Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Map meets theater!


I had dinner in New York the other night with my friend, Terry, a talented theater director and storyteller. We agreed to try to collaborate on a project. I would supply settings, and he would add stories or even improvised scenes in which actors would create the story. I suggested to Terry that he follow me on Twitter and that I would supply settings and verbal triggers for him to pursue.

The panel above shows my first attempt at doing this. The inscription on the Map reads "Far Northern Steppe Settlement Camp." The notion is that this is remote camp in a place that re-animated humans from planet Earth are taken by higher beings to become acclimated to life in this new human zoo.

Whaddya think? Too creepy? If you buy the concept what would you call the human specimens? Earthlings? Earthers? Earthies? And what would we call the higher beings?

Help!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

New museum donations


Since I last blogged about the museum donation project two more museums have accepted my offer of 20 original contiguous panels of the Map.

Pictured above is the group given to the Smart Museum at the University of Chicago. In addition, the Rose Museum at Brandeis recently accepted a similar gift.

I am continuing the donation process on a random basis with names drawn from a group of candidates. We welcome additions to our list of. So, if you know of a museum (or other public institution such as a hospital or library) that would appreciate owning a section of Jerry's Map, please let us know!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The generations






The images above, of panel S6/W11, show typical changes in Jerry's Map panels from one generation to the next. That area has gone from undeveloped rural land to a growing urban landscape, the city of Penfold. It now has been attacked by the Void.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Huge new Void, V.107!



Last Friday I drew the card above which instructed me to do 38 new 3" higher dimension squares. The panel receiving that treatment was N19/W13. The result is shown above. The additional Void areas covered parts of the contiguous panels. In all, 114 square inches of previously green agricultural terrain was covered. In addition, 27,125 inhabitants of the city of Nas Bartha, started in 2004, were sent to the new dimension.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Museum donation update


In the summer of 2016 I made a gift of Map panels to the Aichi Prefectural Art Museum in Nagoya, the host institution of the Aichi Triennial. It was out of gratitude for the invitation I had been given to participate in that massive show.

Last year, after the American Folk Art Museum chose me as one of the three artists featured in their annual "Uncommon Artists" lectures, I made a gift to them. That, coupled with the Nagoya gift, spurred me to make similar gifts to other museums throughout the world.

To accomplish my project I made a list of 52 museums and put their names in a jar. I drew names at random and proceeded to send each one a square block of 20 original Map panels like the one above.

To date 16 museums have been sent panels. Four have accepted the gift; five have rejected the offer; and the rest have yet to respond. Of the five rejections only two have returned the panels.

I now look on this project as part of the art making process itself. I have long claimed that my Map is part of the real world, not a framed object apart from it. So, finding an ultimate home for my work is a natural element in the life of the Map.

I welcome suggestions for museums which might welcome a gift from me.

Thank you!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Jerry at MIT


This coming Friday, February 9, I will be speaking at MIT at a symposium sponsored by the Storytelling Space Group. The talk is open to the public, and I'd be happy to see other "worldbuilders" there. Here's the link:

https://calendar.mit.edu/event/worlds_world-building#.WnXqnvmnG1s