Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Emma Watson will help create an alternative London underground map

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Thanks Anon in the comment section :)

     "In their acclaimed book Nonstop Metropolis, Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro created an alternative map of the New York subway system, renaming stops after women, non-binary people, and female groups. The map then became an iconic poster and sparked numerous conversations about public space, history, gender, feminism, and memory. In 2019, the independent publisher Haymarket Books released a new version of the map with a revised list of station stops: https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/1421-city-of-women-poster.

We now want to do the same for London, claiming the iconic Underground map for the women who have made and continue to make the city. Solnit and Schapiro will work with award-winning writer Reni Eddo-Lodge and actor and activist Emma Watson alongside historians, writers, curators, community organisers, museums, and librarians to produce a map that changes our understanding of public history.

This offering is inspired by all the women and non-binary people who have shaped London's history, as well as other projects that have already done much to re-imagine the city from a similar perspective. The contributors would particularly like to acknowledge previous reworkings of the London Underground map, such as We Apologise for the Delay to Your Journey by Thick/er Black Lines (https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/tate-exchange/workshop/we-apologise-delay-your-journey), the Literary Tube Map by In the Book (https://www.inthebook.com/en-gb/literary-tube-map/?utm_expid=.Xu1yNT5qTf63FY0Im6ffDw.0&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F), the Great Bear by Simon Patterson (https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/patterson-the-great-bear-p77880), and other similar projects. The City of Women map hopes to further contribute to the way London is imagined, navigated, and lived.

Help us produce a map worthy of the city's countless women heroes by leaving your suggestions in the FORM."

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Anonymous said...

Completely unrelated but... It seems like Disney re-released B&B in movie theaters again. And it did pretty good it was #1 for the week.

Anonymous said...

Listen, first I can assure you guys that it's not a hate post or anything like this, more like curiosity, so can somebody explain to me what is the point of this kind of projects?, especially in this kind of times. Making alternative maps not gonna help any woman achieve her goals or dreams, it looks like it is gonna be made, just to boost women egos

Anonymous said...

Sounds cool but... I already know people who won't even use the tube (because they dont even live in London)are going to be complaining about it. And some dumb ass is going to be like "I wonder what Emma thinks a woman is". Or some shit like that. Don't get me wrong it's nice that they're going to rename some places after historical/legendary women. But let's be honest they're are people who are going to give shit for this on Twitter.

Anonymous said...

"Early in the lockdown, the (UK) government promised 37 million pounds, or about $46 million, in emergency funds for domestic abuse charities, but as yet only £1 million has reached front-line organizations." 2 July 2020

Imagine if Emma publicly called out Boris and others for their inaction.

"The UK faces a fresh child poverty crisis...The total number of children living in relative poverty...was 4.2 million in 2018-19, up from 4.1 million the previous year, equating to roughly 30% of all children." March 2020.

Imagine if Emma used her profile to speak about that issue.

But no Emma will help devise an unusable map.

Maybe it's just me but I hoped Emma could help make a real difference, but instead we see these nice, inoffensive and relatively pointless actions.
So typical thoroughly middle-class Emma.