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Royal Geographical Society (with IBG): the heart of geography
Past exhibitions
Aurel Stein and the Silk Road
Making Freedom
Rediscovering African Geographies
Seeing China
The Punjab Moving Journeys
Bombay Africans 1850 to 1910
With Scott to the Pole
From Kabul to Kandahar: 1833 - 1933
The Changing Face of the Earth
The Creative Compass
Hidden Histories of Exploration
Fashioning Diaspora Space: Moving Patterns
Cryptosphere
The legacy of the Silk Road
Trailfinders staff photography exhibition

Cryptosphere

View a gallery of the exhibition or watch a video of its installation

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.

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