At the Conflux Festival last weekend someone told me about this show currently up at Pratt's Manhattan Gallery called "You Are Here". It's all about "pyschogeography" and alternative modes of mapping in NYC:

An exhibition of work by a selection of contemporary artists that will map the emotional terrain of the world's most famous and influential urban center and explore the effect of the city's powerful moods on those who live and work here ... Contributing artists -- some New Yorkers, others not -- were invited to use inventive cartographic concepts to reflect the city's abundant, colliding moods. The resulting projects reveal a range of reactions to the city's heightened levels of stimulus, some energizing (discovery, delight, amusement, ambition, solidarity) and others melancholic (longing, loss, vulnerability, anxiety, isolation).

Projects include:

· a series of mapped reflections on the extinction of the passenger pigeon and the ascendancy of the rock dove by Miranda Maher
· a scratch-and-sniff map of New Yorkers’ smell preferences by Nicola Twilley
· Jeff Sisson’s ongoing Bodega List project
· a Happiness Map by Jane Hammond
· Bill Rankin’s maps of Not In My Back Yard-isms showcasing various geographies of community and exclusion

It's up through November 6, 2010. At 144 West 14th Street.

Hand-Drawn Map Association / Janine Nichols