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David Bentley Hart


We are Meant to Play and Create

An Interview with David Bentley Hart,
Author of [easyazon-link asin=”0300166842″ locale=”us”]The Experience of God[/easyazon-link]
(Yale UP, 2013)

by Todd Edmondson

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0300166842″ locale=”us” height=”333″ src=”” width=”222″]Since his first book-length publication, 2003’s The Beauty of the Infinite, David Bentley Hart has established himself as one of the most exciting and eloquent voices in Christian thought. His subsequent books have explored a diverse set of concerns, and each new, eagerly anticipated release invites readers to engage more deeply with matters of faith as well as the cultural streams in which we live and move. Following the publication of his most recent work, The Experience of God, Mr. Hart was gracious enough to participate in a conversation, via email, about his work. What follows is a transcription of that conversation.

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“Feet on the Ground and Hands in the Dirt

A review of
The Map As Art:
Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography
Katherine Harmon
and Gayle Clemans.

Reviewed by Brent Aldrich.

The Map As Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography.
Katherine Harmon and Gayle Clemans.

Paperback: Princeton Architectural Press, 2010.
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Maps can tell us a lot about the world; they are, after all, wayfinding devices. But beyond indicating locations in the physical world, maps also tell us a lot about who made them, and what they fundamentally view the world to be like.

Recall, for instance, the Western mapping of Lewis and Clark when compared alongside that of Native maps: the Corps of Discovery brought with them the post-Enlightenment maps we’ve all become accustomed to: views floating somewhere above the landscape, looking down. When asking directions of Natives along the way, Lewis and Clark were presented with completely different conceptions of space as it related to time and familiarity with actual places. Different methods of map-making indicate equally different epistemologies and ways of being in the world; the shift in meaning afforded by nuanced cartography has been well-developed in the last decades by artists, and many approaches are gathered together in The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography by Katherine Harmon and Gayle Clemans. As they write:

Is there any motif so malleable, so ripe for appropriation, as maps? They can act as shorthand for ready metaphors: seeking location and experiencing dislocation, bringing order to chaos, exploring ratios of scale, charting new terrains. Maps act as backdrops for statements about politically imposed boundaries, territoriality, and other notions of power and projection… Like artworks, maps are selections about what they represent, and call out differences between collective knowledge and individual experience… (10).

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