"What the map cuts up, the story cuts across."
--Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life
Creating cognitive and experiential maps of the Brandeis University campus, the artist-scholars participating in The Mapping Brandeis Project invite you to reflect on everyday and aesthetic performance practices as these are concretely situated in the spaces of our campus. Our work seeks to demonstrate that space is not objective, already existing outside the observer, but is constituted in the way social actors cross, inhabit, use, and reconfigure it.
Space becomes spatialization. Spaces are constituted recursively as the locations and effects of ongoing practices.
The Mapping Brandeis Project reveals space as a palimpsest of the practices, stories, and reflective activity of the social actors who have occupied it.
Exploring performance both as a means of embodied research
and as a vehicle for presenting research,
we have engaged, analyzed, and reimagined space and spatial practices
here at Brandeis University,