Arman Leroi


In memory of BENOIT MANDELBROT 1924 — 2010

"Clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, coastlines are not circles,
and bark is not smooth, nor does lightning travel in a straight line."


Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Dazed & Confused, Wired.UK, Fast Company


Introduction

Three years ago, Edge collaborated with The Serpentine Gallery in London in a program of "table-top experiments" as part of the Serpentine's Experiment Marathon . This live event was featured along with the Edge/Serpentine collaboration: "What Is Your Formula? Your Equation? Your Algorithm? Formulae For the 21st Century."

Hans Ulrich Obrist, curator of the Serpentine, invited Edge to collaborate in his latest project, The Serpentine Map Marathon, produced in conjunction with DLD (Digital - Life - Design) Saturday and Sunday, 16 – 17 October, at Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR (Map). The multi-dimensional Map Marathon features non-stop live presentations by over 50 artists, poets, writers, philosophers, scholars, musicians, architects, designers and scientists. The two-day event takes place in London during Frieze Art Fair week.

In addition to presenting maps by Edge contributors, the Marathon featured a panel of Edge contributors Lewis Wolpert, Armand Leroi, with myself as moderator, at the Royal Geographical Society.

Click on images to enlarge or click here to begin slide show.

— JB




Eduardo Salcedo-Albarán Philosopher; Founder, Manager, METODO

Lewis Wolpert Biologist, University College; Author, Six Impossible Things to Do Before Breakfast
Armand Leroi Evolutionary Developmental Biologist, Imperial College: Author, Mutants: On Genetic Variatey and The Human Body

Kai Krause Software Pioneer, Author 'I think... there... 4am'

Tim Berners-Lee Engineer; Director, World-Wide Web Consortium

Sean Carroll Theoretical Physicist, Caltech; Author, From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ulitmate Theory Of Time

Douglas Rushkoff Media Analyst; Documentary Writer; Author, Program or Be Programmed

Joan Chiao Assistant Professor, Brain, Behavior, and Cognition; Social Psychology; Northwestern University


Nicholas A. Christakis Physician and Social Scientist, Harvard University; Coauthor, Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives

James Fowler Political Scientist, University of California, San Diego; Coauthor, Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives


Emanuel Derman Professor, Financial Engineering, Columbia University; Principal, Prisma Capital Partners; Former Head, Quantitative Strategies Group, Equities Division, Goldman Sachs & Co.; Author, My Life As A Quant

Jennifer Jacquet Post-doctoral researcher at the University of British Columbia

Joel Gold Psychiatrist; Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine

J. Craig Venter Genome Scientist, J. Craig Venter Institute; Author, A Life Decoded

Gino Segré Physicist, University of Pennsylvania; Author, Faust In Copenhagen: A Struggle for the Soul Of Physics

Bruce Sterling Novelist; Author, The Caryatids

Laurence C. Smith Professor of Geography and Earth & Space Sciences, UCLA; Author,The World in 2050: Four Fources Shaping Civilization's Northern Future

Cesar Hidalgo Assistant Professor, The Media Laboratory, MIT; Faculty Associate, Center for International Development, Harvard

Bryan Hunt Artist

George Dyson Science Historian; Author, Project Orion
Brian Knutson Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience; Stanford University

Neri Oxman Architect and Designer, MIT Media Lab

George F. Smoot Cosmologist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Recipient, The Nobel Prize For Physics 2006; Coauthor, Wrinkles in Time

James Croak Artist

Dimitar Sasselov
Astrophysicist, Harvard

Dave McKean
Artist, designer and filmmaker

Carlo Ratti
Architect and Engineer; director, MIT Senseable City Lab

Nicholas Humphrey
Psychologist, London School of Economics; Author, Soul Dust

Christopher Stringer
Research paleoanthropologist at The Natural History Museum, London; Author, Homo Britannicus

Xeni Jardin
Tech Culture Journalist; Partner, Contributor, Co-editor, Boing Boing; Executive Producer, host, Boing Boing Video

Bruce Parker
Visiting Professor, Center for Maritime Systems, Stevens Institute of Technology; author of The Power of the Sea: Tsunamis, Storm Surges, Rogue Waves and Our Quest to Predict Disasters


W. Daniel Hillis
Physicist Computer Scientist; Chairman, Applied Minds, Inc.; author, The Pattern on the Stone

Alvy Ray Smith
engineer and computer graphics pioneer; co-founder of Pixar; founder of Altamira Software
Yong-Yeol Ahn postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Complex Network Research at Northeastern University and a visiting researcher at the Center for Cancer Systems Biology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Mark Pagel Professor of Evolutionary Biology, Reading University, England and The Santa Fe Institute

John D Barrow
Cosmologist, Theoretical Physicist, Mathematician. He is currently Research Professor of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge; Author, Cosmic Imagery: Key Images In The History of Science

Stewart Pimm
Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology; Author, The World According to Pimm: a Scientist Audits the Earth


Juan Enriquez
CEO, Biotechonomy; was Founding Director, Harvard Business School's Life Sciences Project; author, The Untied States of America

Rodrigo Martinez Life Sciences Chief Strategist at IDEO


Garrett A. Lisi
Independent Theoretical Physicist; author, "An Exceptionally Simple Theory of Everything"

George Church
Professor, Harvard University, Director, Personal Genome Project


John Maeda
Graphic Designer; Computer Scientist; President, Rhode Island School of Design; Author, The Laws of Simplicity


Alexander Kluge
Author and Film Director


John Tooby
Co-Director, Center for Evolutionary Psychology, Professor, Integrative Anthropological Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara


Richard Saul Wurman
Architect; designer; Founder, TED conference

Albert Laszlo Barabasi
Network scientist; Distinguished University Professor at Northeastern University; director, Center for Complex Network Research; Author, Bursts: The Hidden Pattern Behind Everything We Do

Aaron Koblin
Artist and graphic designer; Technology Lead of Google's Creative Lab


Kevin Kelly
Editor-At-Large, Wired; Author, What Technology Wants


Timothy Taylor
Archaeologist, University of Bradford; Author, The Artificial Ape

Tom Frankland, Illustrator


Serian Sumner
Research Fellow, Institute of Zoology, London


Gianluigi Ricuperati
Writer and journalist

Tom Standage
Writer and journalist; Digital Editor of The Economist

 


Eric Weinstein
Mathematician and Economist; Principal, Natron Group


Benoit Mandelbrot


Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Dazed & Confused, Wired.UK, Fast Company


FAST COMPANY

INFOGRAPHIC OF THE DAY: THE POWER STRUCTURE OF A MEXICAN DRUG CARTEL
By Cliff Kuang

This is surely one of the most remarkable infographics we've ever posted. Created by social scientist Eduardo Salcedo-Albarán, it documents the organizational structure and almost limitless influence of Mexico's Michoacan drug family. And it teaches you a great deal about why, exactly, the family is so hard to combat -- and why its power seems so pervasive.

The infographic itself details various wings of the Michoacan cartel -- or La Familia as it's better known -- alongside various government agencies. (The short hand for the acronyms: Anything starting with "FUN" is a Michoacan drug cell; those starting with "NAR" are government drug agencies.) The arrows show links between each one, meaning they're sharing information. But what's most interesting is that the size of the bubbles shows how much information each cell of the organization is able to share: ...

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SUEDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG
Munich Saturday/Sunday, 23./24. October 2010


THE NEW AGE OF CARTOGRAPHY— FRONT PAGE
Google Street View was only the beginning. Modern maps can represent time sequences, Statistics or the entire air traffic the United States. Is changing our world. Feature pages, pages 18 and 19

THE FEIULLETON
NEW WORLD VIEWS: THE MAPS OF THE 21 CENTURY [pp18-19]

THE WORLD IS IN THE MIND
No map depicts reality - but we believe unwaveringly in the objectivity of cartography
TANJA MICHALSKY

THE GOAL IS THE GOAL
Why we love paper maps, but no longer use
JENS-CHRISTIAN RABE

THE RAYS OF THE WHITE SPOTS
Curator Hans Ulrich Obrist is celebrating the new era of cartography with a festival of artists, scientists and designers
LAURA WEISSMUELLER

WE HAVE NOTHING MORE TO EXPECT
Progress is the present management: Why cards have replaced the watch and GPS, the Big Ben of the present is
BERND GRAFF

WITH THE EYES OF THE EAGLE WHO MAKES MAPS AND USES, IS THE SOVEREIGN
BURKHARD MÜLLER


THE ART OF MAPS [Die Kunst der Landkarten]
By Laura Weissmüller

Curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, invited 50 artists on stage in a 20-hour event in London: A marathon on the Maps of the 21 Century. It was about more than just Google Maps.


Aaron Koblin is one of the artists who creates the amazing maps of the 21st Century design. He turns for example, data from the U.S. air traffic in a delicate web of white lines.

[Google Transtlation:] With pith helmet and ice axes, the men went into battle against the unknown. The victorious are now in the Hall of Fame. David Livingston, the missionary and explorer, the first European to see Victoria Falls and as its "discoverer", looks down graciously from his lush stucco frame at the guests of the Royal Geographical Society in London.

The marathon was to be understood literally. In 20 hours were about 50 artists, architects, philosophers, scientists and musicians on the stage. After 15 minutes they were usually heruntergescheucht again, the next speaker was waiting. The British architect David Adjaye put on there about his typology of architecture in Africa, for which he has photographed ten years buildings in the 53 states.

The skepticism about the truth of cards

The philosopher Rosi Braidotti, who teaches at the Human Rights Institute at the University of Utrecht, pointed out that we owe the skepticism about the truth of cards by post-modernism. And the American literary agent John Brockman, founder of the influential Internet platform "Edge", showed different maps used in science are like. Many of them were indeed diagrams, such as the developmental biologist Lewis Wolpert made clear, but it would be in London not to spoil the fun.

Thus one saw an intricate network of countless points of intersection, which made the sociologist Nicholas A. Christakis and political scientist James Fowler of the relationship between obesity and social contacts visible, and the gene pioneer J. Craig Venter gave what looked like an endless series of colorful building blocks: the map of the first synthetic composite heritage.

It was the fifth time that Hans Ulrich Obrist chose this strength-sapping format of the race, an issue considered by as many points of view. After manifesto and poetry — the themes of the past two years — Obrist with this year's focus has, however, was a perfect landing.

Few technologies seems to characterize the young century as the new cartography. This could already be at the DLD Conference this year in Munich from the start, when the curator ever been to a small group, a symposium cards held on: Whether designer, astronomer, or Internet artists — all spoke of the great changes that the digital cartography with them was initiated.

While in London Obristgreatly expanded its guest list, showing that the marathon reflects a global development. Since 2005 when the U.S. internet company Google began its map service, Google Maps is almost omnipresent. From the once precious resource for a hero and ruler, the medium has become readily available for the masses, to be used by both experts and lay people.

In the run up to the "Map Marathon" Obrist asked contemporary artists about their personal map of the 21 Asked century. Because Obrist, simply the greatest networker in the art world, is why he is the main curator of the world was titled as before, it was then much mail for the Serpentine Gallery . ...

[Google Translation | German Language Original]


DAZED & CONFUSED
10.20.10

ARTS & CULTURE
EDGE'S MAP MARATHON

As we all catch our breath after last week's Frieze Art Fair, we talk to Edge's John Brockman about his Map Marathon in conjunction with the Serpentine Gallery

TEXT BY DAVID HELLQVIST



Jennifer Jacquet

Not all the Frieze action took place in Regent's Park. Actually, a lot of the better art and arty activities could be seen and experienced around London town, whether it be in a rundown East End warehouse, or a massive Mayfair gallery. Or in the Royal Geographical Society, for that matter. The Serpentine put on another one of its stellar Marathon events, this year focused on 'maps', and invited artists, poets, musicians, schoalars, philosophers and architects, to mention but a few, came together to create maps for the 21st century. Edge, a collaborating group of intellectuals, were called in by Serpentine curator Hans Ulrich Obrist to assist in the Marathon, and here we give you a selection of maps created by its affiliates. ...

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SUEDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG
10.23.10

 


DAZED & CONFUSED
10.20.10

ARTS & CULTURE
EDGE'S MAP MARATHON

As we all catch our breath after last week's Frieze Art Fair, we talk to Edge's John Brockman about his Map Marathon in conjunction with the Serpentine Gallery

TEXT BY DAVID HELLQVIST



Jennifer Jacquet

Not all the Frieze action took place in Regent's Park. Actually, a lot of the better art and arty activities could be seen and experienced around London town, whether it be in a rundown East End warehouse, or a massive Mayfair gallery. Or in the Royal Geographical Society, for that matter. The Serpentine put on another one of its stellar Marathon events, this year focused on 'maps', and invited artists, poets, musicians, schoalars, philosophers and architects, to mention but a few, came together to create maps for the 21st century. Edge, a collaborating group of intellectuals, were called in by Serpentine curator Hans Ulrich Obrist to assist in the Marathon, and here we give you a selection of maps created by its affiliates. ...

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WIRED.CO.UK
18 October 2010

THE WORLD'S BIGGEST GALLERY OF MAPS
By David Rowan, Editor, Wired. UK



Armand Leroi

...From noon until 10pm on both Saturday and Sunday, there were non-stop live presentations by more than 50 artists, scientists, poets, writers, philosophers, musicians, architects and designers. There were also special collaborations with the Edge community and with the DLD conference community run by Steffie Czerny and Marcel Reichart, whose excellent events I've written about here before. ...

... One of my favourite panels was run by John Brockman, the literary super-agent who runs the EDGE community of "some of the most interesting minds in the world". Together with Lewis Wolpert and Armand Leroi, he presented maps submitted by members of the EDGE community. So we got to see Kevin Kelly's internet; plus philosopher Eduardo Salcedo-Albarán's map of interconnections between Mexican drugs cartels. ...

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