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Our understanding of physical space is often mediated through maps. Mapmaking is often seen as a precise science today, yet its methodologies have historically favoured particular knowledge systems over others. How might we gesture at alternative ways of following the contours and meandering through space?

Current Issue: On Psychogeographies


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“If counter-cartography or counter-mapping challenges the hegemony in spaces, as authored or dictated by positions of authority, I am interested in challenging all the forms of meaning-making that are being used to impose narratives of dominance.”


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Mushroomed is a series of conversations around art making, artistic networks and ecosystems. Sit in on conversations with artists and cultural practitioners. Produced in collaboration with Singapore Community Radio, new episodes premiere on Twitch every month. Listen to your favourite episodes over and over again on Spotify.

Mahalakshmi Kannappan

Episode 6, 6 April 2021

As a material, charcoal is often associated with drawing or sketching. We often encounter charcoal as soft, slender sticks, yet artist Mahalakshmi Kannappan amplifies charcoal by using it to great sculptural effect. Despite its monochromatic carbon black colour, Maha creates three-dimensional forms that play with textures and differences in light refraction. For this episode, we speak to the artist about her enduring relationship with charcoal, and how she handles such a tactile and sensuous medium.

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