12 Oct 2008 – 8 Feb 2009

The Map: Navigating the Present is a genuinely trans-disciplinary and intercultural event engaging human culture’s possibly most fascinating, sophisticated and diverse means of knowing and navigating the world, i.e. the map. The Map takes a very broad approach to maps and cartographic practices of today; allowing for artistic, cultural, political and scientific practices to combine and meet and collide in this exhibition.

The trans- and interdisciplinary nature of this event is best described by noting that in The Map contemporary art and contemporary visual culture will be engaged simultaneously with and parallel to practices in cartography, cultural geography, cultural studies, political science, philosophy, sociology and linguistics.

Altogether over 40 projects, selected from a global platform, are participating, addressing a wide variety of topics, themes, problematic; all with a cartographic focus or mapping practices as the common denominator. Ranging from meditations on cartography and the history of world maps, to complex mappings of contemporary political, social and economic phenomena, to maps and journeys expressed or utilized in a variety of artistic explorations, The Map finds its theme expressed in a great variety of media. In The Map, the public will encounter both maps and the work of making maps as sophisticated tools for knowing and understanding the world, of accessing reality, but also maps as producers/generators of new or alternative realities.

Initially produced for the Bucharest Biennial 3, Bucharest, Romania, presented there in May 2008, conceived and produced by Bildmuseet, this presentation here is an expanded version of the Bucharest presentation.

OPENING | Sunday October 12th, 2 pm

INFORMATION | Brita Täljedal, intendent;
[email protected]; 090-786 96 32, Jan-Erik Lundström, museichef; [email protected] , 090-786 52 27


Artists: Kristoffer Ardeña, Lauri Astala, Renaud Auguste-Dormeuil, Rosa Barba, Milena Bonilla,Bureau d’Études, Stefan Constantinescu, Lukas Einsele, Buckminister Fuller, Frances Goodman, hackitectura, Brian Holmes, Ashley Hunt, Karlo Andrei Ibarra, Johan Jarnestad/World Values Surveys, Emma Kay, Maria Lantz, Dinu Li, Armin Linke, Mikael Lundberg, Bertien van Manen, Adrian Matei, Christophe Mayer, Christina McPhee, Randa Mirza, Oliver Musovik, Karina Nimmerfall, Josh On, Yoko Ono, Lia Perjovschi, Arno Peters, Katarina Pirak,Philippe Rekacewicz/Le Monde Diplomatique, Sabine Réthoré,Jan Svenungsson, Philippe Terrier-Herman, Adriana Varejão.


Contemporary art and visual culture attract 75 000 visitors annually to Bildmuseet, the museum of Umeå University. Exhibitions of Swedish and international art, photojournalism, design, architecture and scientific imagery combine present-day perspectives with historical investigations.

Ethics and aesthetics, art and society, the global and the local, creativity and human living conditions are central to Bildmuseet’s program. 

The majority of our exhibitions are self-generated; most often they continue on national and international tours. Seven galleries comprising 1200 square-meters of exhibition space assure variety and plenitude. Bildmuseet is located at the Gammlia museum area, just outside the city centre.

A broad range of activities such as lectures, artist talks, panel discussions, seminars, film screenings as well as concerts and dance performances complement the exhibition program. The museum shop offers artbooks, posters, magazines, postcards and other visual souvenirs.

Bildmuseet, Gammlia, S-90187 Umeå , Sweden [map]
Postal address: Umeå University, SE- 901 87, SWEDEN
Phone: +46-(0)90-786 52 27
Fax: +46-(0)90-786 77 33
E-mail: [email protected]

Web page of Umeå University: www.umu.se