A4 ARCHIPELAGO MAPS

June 2011. Road maps reorientated to the direction of travel, presenting otherwise invisible highway spaces. Historically, the cartographic cardinal direction has been closely linked — for many centuries religious tradition meant all maps located East at the top of the page, and since the Renaissance

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THE A4 ENTROPIC ARCHIPELAGO

The direction of travel, not cardinal points, defines these maps’ orientation. They present the invisible spaces of
the A4 motorway along the Bergamo to Verona stretch, inasmuch as they are spaces that are neither visible to the driver, nor present in the psychogeographical landscape of the people who live around them.

In the image below, on the left is a scaled representation of the spaces, on the right a compressed and distorted version that assigns a scale according to the presence and importance of each site relative to its position in the driven trajectory. The sites are named, personalised, and incorporated into the driver’s world view. To be used in conjunction with the Field Guide’s pamphlets.



As the Field Guide itself points out, we exist in a state of total urbanisation – a condition extended by the inclusion
of modern agriculture in the urban model. This map below demonstrates the ubiquity of that condition, and highlights
the interchange invisible spaces as blanked out white space. The sites appear as generic numerals, strung together into a logical sequence which has nothing to do with the logic by which they were conceived and came about.



Below: the territory and map fold into each other, compressing space according to how the motorist holds the territory in their mind – a product of speed, memory and the dominance of the plan view.