The Office for Creative Research, in collaboration with COCA, took over the gymnasium in the Stevens School, a shuttered north-side neighborhood middle school, from March 3 – April 9 to create The St. Louis Map Room: a community space for exploring and creating original, interpretive maps of the city that reflect the personal stories and lived experiences of its residents.
Free and open to the public, visitors were invited to explore present and historic civic data using maps as instruments. Interactive projections allowed viewers to overlay these community maps with census data, historic city-planning maps, live policing data, and more, to understand how the community has been shaped by acts of mapping.
The St. Louis Map Room is a collaborative project between The Office of Creative Research and COCA in partnership with the St. Louis Public Schools, and with generous support from the Regional Arts Commission, PNC Arts Alive, and the Missouri Humanities Council.
COCA’s lead advisor/artist for The St. Louis Map Room Jer Thorp, has a distinguished track record of projects that explore the intersection of art, culture, and technology. He currently teaches at New York University’s ITP and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council of Design Innovation. During his 2014 visit to St. Louis, Jer was struck by the city’s divided geography and began to explore the role that map-making has on the identity of communities and its residents.
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