MAPPING THE MET

Personal mapping of the water ways in the Met through laser cut jewelry.

 Figure 1.  Navigational Chart

Based on old navigation maps from oceanic tribes in the MET that would create their own personal maps, I devised a map that could be worn as jewelry for an inclosed space. The oceanic tribes had maps woven of sturdy branches and tied to create a grid of their local waters be it the ocean or a river system where they would gather resources to bring back. My original idea was to map water sources to navigate internal spaces that are open to the public via the foot path create by repetitive visits to the "watering hole" or fountains. This primitive method of mapping could be revitalized and given new purpose for each individual within a space. Providing directions by the process of repetition and walking to estimated locations rather then specific points to reduce mental stress when maps are usually overloaded with information. By wearing the jewelry you are allowed to estimate the distance and allow your mind to explore rather than subjugating it to specificity which is highly subjective. In this project, the 1st and 2nd floor of the met is indicated by the difference in color (black being the 1st floor and white being the second), pathways are represented by chains and the fountains are top down geometric pieces of acrylic( relative in size to each other). This project has further potential to be developed for the blind providing a first ever tactile/wearable map.

Below is an audio sampling of various rooms in the Met that had water sources as part of the initial research and data analysis that led to the final result. Taken note was the type of floor tile,  the spacing and the noise level due to foot traffic and how the noise worked within the space to create different atmospheres. The fountains were also calibrated to flow at different rates to emphasis this atmosphere. The sound was slowed at various points to allow the ear to focus when the sound returns to it's normal level.