‘Mapping It Out’: Hans Ulrich Obrist and Tom McCarthy

'The first thing you find out in any textbook about maps is that they don't work. There's no such thing as a good map.'

What is a map? And what is a map’s relation to the real world? In Mapping it Out: An Alternative Atlas of Contemporary Cartographies (Thames and Hudson) a stellar cast of modern artists, architects, scientists and theorists, including Yoko Ono, Mona Hatoum, Tim Berners-Lee, Anish Kapoor and Damien Hirst, reimagine, vertiginously, the visual techniques we use for representing space, time and reality. Hans Ulrich Obrist, curator, art critic and the originator of the project, joined us at the Bookshop in conversation with the novelist Tom McCarthy, who provided the introduction to the book.