Sculptor Simeon Nelson joined the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) as its first-ever artist in residence for a project entitled 'Cryptosphere'.
His fifteen month residency, curated by the Parabola Trust, investigated the Society's unique map collection which dates back to the 15th Century. His research focused on maps that consider mythical places as physical locations, as well as the evolution of Western cartography and the shifting philosophical and global perspectives of the past 1,000 years.
He describes the ‘Cryptosphere’ as, ‘the sum of all withheld and hidden information in a given system’ and his responses to complex mapping methodologies were seen through the creation of a new body of work that was exhibited at the Society from 4 April-9 May 2008.
A publication, produced by Parabola, accompanied the residency with texts from Dr Denis Alexander, Professor Denis Cosgrove, Dr Alessandro Scafi, Rebecca Geldard. The book can be purchased online.