Layers of London Webinar: Unmapping Camberwell (plus other lines and smudges)
13 August 2020, 4:00PM - 4:40PM
You will be emailed the link to join the webinar about an hour before it is due to start.
Presenter: Kimbal Bumstead
This webinar focuses on the act of mark making as a creative tool for place-based storytelling and creating abstract cartography. The presentation will centre around the most contemporary layer on the Layers of London website, the Chalk Map of Camberwell, (2019) facilitated by visual artist Kimbal Bumstead as part of his “Unmapping” Project. The map was created as part of the Camberwell Arts Festival together with local residents; both children and adults, who marked personally and historically significant places onto a giant chalkboard. The resulting map, whilst not being wholly accurate, and slightly chaotic at points, locates some significant historical spots such as ‘Sultan Street, London’s most notorious slum’, as well as more personal and contemporary places like ‘Jamal’s house’.
Kimbal will talk about his processes in making abstract maps such as this, and about mark making as a subjective and playful tool to imagine and re-imagine spaces and place.