When I was invited by Casa Tres Patios to collaborate on the Minga: Exploring Utopias project, as an artist being interested in the relationship between art, language and boundaries, and using concept mapping or mind mapping as a key practice within my recent work, I decided to begin by mapping…map1_vp_minga-utopia

In an effort to start exploring common motivations I began by mapping out how UTOPIA(S) and MINGA(S) relate to some of the key areas or themes that inform my practice:

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Then I began thinking about the idea of “a common language” as a starting point. And I started to ask how to map out the ideal worlds that each Arts Collaboratory partner organization has been imagining through the course of their work and experience

If “minga” is about a common project or purpose then what are the key words that shape our practice? With this question in mind I designed a series of steps with the idea of Mapping A Common Language….

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By selecting the vision and mission statements of all the partner organizations and creating a “tag cloud” for each I am able to transform the information into a format that is useful for quickly visualizing the most prominent terms and their relative prominence. Why begin by selecting the vision and mission statements? They are meant to be the mental pictures of what each organization wants to achieve over time, which provide guidance, inspiration and focus.

The starting point for Mapping A Common Language is to construct a composite map in which the vision of Arts Collaboratory partners are collected. This is the initial map —in process—:

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During this time I will be sharing the process of Mapping A Common Language here and here