Data artist Jer Thorp has returned to St. Louis to present the St. Louis Map Room. The Office for Creative Research, in collaboration with COCA, has taken over the gymnasium at Stevens Middle School to create a community space for exploring and creating original, interpretive maps of the city that reflect the personal stories and lived experiences of its residents.
Come Make a Map with COCAbiz:
We all use maps to get us from point A to point B but they’re also valuable data tools that present a snapshot of the community. The St. Louis Map Room combines theatrical set design and sophisticated interactive experiences to bring members of the community together. Workshop participants will explore present and historic civic data using maps as instruments and interactive projections will allow viewers to overlay community maps with census data, historic city-planning maps and more, to understand how the community has been shaped by acts of mapping.
How can we collaborate to tell the story of our city? In working together to create a unique map of the St. Louis region, participants will navigate the process of collaborative storytelling and reflect on how to apply it to their own projects and organizations. The workshop will be facilitated by COCAbiz Director Steve Knight and Visual Artist Maria Ojascastro.
Questions? Contact Katie Carpenter at firstname.lastname@example.org
The St. Louis Map Room is Open for visits and observation during the following times March 3-April 9:
Tues-Fri, 10am to 2pm
Thursday evenings 4-8pm
STEVENS SCHOOL, 1033 Whittier St., St. Louis
The public entrance is on the Finney Avenue side (north) of the school. Parking is available on the street, as well as in a parking lot directly off of Finney, just west of the entry.
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. For more information on The Office of Creative Research, please visit ocr.nyc/