Where You Are is a book of maps. And it’s also a website. It’s a collection of writing by 16 writers, artists, thinkers and visuals that explode what a map can be.
Sixteen writers, thinkers, artists responded to what their map would be, bringing together human stories around modern, everyday personal moments reflections. Those stories range from Chloe Aridjis’ short story mapping out the daily journeys of a homeless woman in Mexico City, to John Simpson’s essay that looks at the perils of following GPS systems in South Africa, to James Bridle mapping the technology and looking at how GPS was developed in the first place, to Geoff Dyer mapping out his childhood in Cheltenham according to sex, death and drugs, to Leanne Shapton documenting her everyday desk objects at the end of each working day.
Where You Are plants the flag at an amazing map-shifting point: from one kind of map — the geographical kind that gets you get from a to b — to another kind of map altogether — a life map that tells human stories about our everyday. Here is a book of maps that will leave you feeling completely lost.
We’re completely sold out of the physical book with no immediate plans to reprint, but you can still read, see, explore it all online here.
Introduced by Will Gompertz, BBC Arts Editor
Chloe Aridjis, Lila Azam Zanganeh, Alain de Botton, James Bridle, Joe Dunthorne, Geoff Dyer, Olafur Eliasson, Sheila Heti + Ted Mineo, Tao Lin, Valeria Luiselli, Leanne Shapton, John Simpson, Adam Thirlwell, Peter Turchi, Will Wiles, Denis Wood