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Artist Memory Maps
As an artist and illustrator, I love recording my life through drawing. As time goes by, parts of our lives become our memories. Each event that happens to us is unique and can’t be repeated, so we can only store it in our minds.
Bifidus Jones’ Childhood Farm Back in France where I grew up in the countryside my childhood world was pretty similar to this. The old family house still bears the year of construction, painted out on the front, just like the one on this map. There was a silo, the garden was growing exactly the same veggies, there was a barn, a cornfield etc… One thing we didn’t have was a dead animal cemetery (how civilized!) and…. a baseball pitch. There are no such things as baseball pitches in Alsace, no.
The Jewish Museum Vienna has received a very special gift: the work Memory Map by the artist Nikolaus Gansterer (born 1974), who lives in Vienna and Berlin. 1974). The 2 x 3 meter three-dimensional “city map” was commissioned by The Vienna Project and its director Karen Frostig.
It is also the basis for the Memory Map app by The Vienna Project, available for download here
Gansterer designed the original using cut-out extracts from scanned letters of survivors from Vienna, most of which were in US archives. This donation by The Memory Project and the artist Nikolaus Gansterer will be incorporated in the Jewish Museum Vienna permanent exhibition “Our City! Then to Now”. It links up with the city map at the start of the exhibition on the second floor, which shows the three Jewish communities of Vienna before 1945. Memory Map focuses in particular on the third Jewish community, the third-largest in Europe, which was destroyed between 1938 and 1945.
What we are creating is essentially a mind map. A mind map is a graphical way to represent ideas and concepts. It is a visual thinking tool that helps structuring information, helping you to better analyze, comprehend, synthesize, recall and generate new ideas.
In a mind map, as opposed to traditional note taking or a linear text, information is structured in a way that resembles much more closely how your brain actually works. Since it is an activity that is both analytical and artistic, it engages your brain in a much, much richer way, helping in all its cognitive functions. And, best of all, it is fun!
So, how does a mind map look like? Better than explaining is showing you an example.
I think I already gave away the benefits of mind mapping and why mind maps work. Basically, mind mapping avoids dull, linear thinking, jogging your creativity and making note taking fun again.
But what can we use mind maps for?
Brainstorming (individually or in groups)
Studying and memorization
Researching and consolidating information from multiple sources
Gaining insight on complex subjects
Jogging your creativity