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Misuse of Maps by JJason Recognition

March 19th, 2008 2:56 PM

INSTRUCTIONS: Navigate a city or region using maps that do not represent that space.
For example, you can use a map of Central Park to traverse Loving County, Texas, or a map of the London Underground to find your way through SF MOMA.

Compare your expectations with your experiences.

If I hadn't been able to dérive in the lifeless, soulless, highway fueled outer-ring shopping arcologies for some reason, my close second choice for locations of intense Psychogeographic weirdness in the Twin Cities would definitely be the skyway system. For those of you not in the know, downtown Minneapolis and Saint Paul both have an extensive skyway system, tunnels one floor above the street connecting the sky scrapers in a fairly random fashion. This is because it gets cold here and nobody wants to go outside, ever, if they can help it. I have always found them to be incredibly weird. There's no sort of overarching pattern in their arrangement, so it's easy to get stuck in corners with no way out, and the insides of each building aren't arranged with making skyway travel convient, so it's easy to get lost within each building while trying to make your way across. You can only see the the street while you're travelling through the skyway's and the hallways within the buildings twist and turn randomly so I always end up losing any sort of orientation while I'm in there. The place is weird. Some people say that the Skyways are killing downtown Minneapolis, but others disagree.

Given that the skyways are weird, lovecraftian, city killing, monstrosities, I came to the conclusion that I needed to do some tasking in them. Misuse of maps seemed like a perfect choice. For my map I chose a map that is near and dear to my heart: the MBTA subway map. For a route I chose my morning commute from when I was a wee high school student. The story of journey is told in the pictures.

Expectation vs. Experiences: The Minneapolis Skyway version of the MBTA seems to be plagued by frequent breakdowns. I ended up having to take a fairly elaborate route to get my final destination. It's also a lot harder to navigate. And I had to walk, instead of being able to sit and read the whole way. But I did get to my final destination, which I had some doubt that I'd succeed in doing on the outset of the project. So I'd recommend doing your morning commute in Boston via the Minneapolis sky ways only if you really have to.

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Map
Start
End
Alewife Station
Access
Leaving
Davis Square
Tunnel
Porter
Harvard Square Station
Central... ?
Map
Central
Central
Tunnel
Kendall Square
Kendall
Bridge
River
Charles/MGH
Bridge
Park Street
Park Street
Downtown Crossing?
Chinatown
Chinatown
Silver Line?
Silver Line?
Boylston!
Tunnel
Copley
Copley
Out

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posted by Flitworth on March 19th, 2008 6:51 PM

Nicely done and a lovely choice, though my heart breaks whenever I'm reminded how far I am from Boston.

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posted by JJason Recognition on March 19th, 2008 9:24 PM

You're a bit farther than I am, but nonetheless: you and me both.