Category: My Utopia

An Impression, Pen on Folder, 2018

 

An Impression, Pen on Folder, 2018 Coco Goupil

This map of More’s Utopia is meant to provide the viewer with an understanding of the island’s geography, the layout of the Utopian cities and the farm land surrounding them, and an illustration of who these lands belong to. The frontal perspective used to depict the Utopians and their tools is botched by a birds-eye view of the place they inhabit. This map focuses on the uniform living-quarters surrounding the civic, city center, as well as the importance of skill and labor to the identity of Utopias inhabitants.

Mapping Time

 

Maps are a reference about legibility. Traditionally maps serve to give geographic, topographic and even demographic information about a space or area. Our aim in creating this map was to chart and depict distribution of time and energy. Activities are represented in to scale corresponding with the amount of time devoted to the activity.

Tom’s Utopia (Physical and Cultural)

 

Tom’s Utopia, Pencil and Digital Collage, 2018. Team: Bones Gilmore, Mia Quinn, Ty Holtzman, Augusta Spiro Jaeger, Paloma P-M.

Our map of More’s Utopia is largely human-oriented. The center of the map serves as a basic description of the physical landscape of Utopia—cities, geography, landmarks. The outside of the map is most important, however, in that it portrays what life in Utopia is like. This focus on human experience suggests that the user of the map is likely an outsider, someone unfamiliar with Utopia and how those within it live. Through this map, one can gain a basic understanding of both the physical and cultural landscape of Utopia.

Living in Utopia

 

This map emphasizes the living spaces of the Utopian world; the houses, the backyards, and the communal dining area. These spaces reflect daily experiences as well as the structure of the society, the dining area simultaneously demonstrates the value of hierarchy within this society and the farming culture which drives it. The uniformity of the living spaces struck our group as important to the culture that More describes, it represents how people utilize space and contextualizes life within the Utopia more largely.