A Mental Map of Venice

Venice Re-Mapped, an installation by Johannes Knoops, associate professor of Interior Design, was shown from May to November 2016 at Time/Space/Existence, at the Palazzo Mora, a Venice art gallery. The exhibition was a collateral event at the 2016 Venice Biennale of Architecture, which is considered the most important international exchange of architectural concepts.
Fascinated by the subjective, hand-drawn maps that appear on the business cards of Venice restaurants, Knoops created an animated wireframe map of Venice by superimposing hundreds of those cards, which he gathered one by one during a 2008 residency through the Emily Harvey Foundation. The result was a representation of a collective mental map of a city notorious for its baffling geography. “It raises questions about how people understand their cities,” he said. The animation was shown at an FIT faculty exhibition in 2012; for the 2016 Biennale, it was projected onto an immense Mylar map of Venice attached to the interior walls of the Palazzo Mora.