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Mind Map

14 - 30 September 2012

16 August - 30 September 2012

Waikato Museum courtyard

Mind Map is a collaborative project between artists Nick Megchelse, Amber Cooksley, Lara Bryers, Alix Rogerson,  Kate Symmans and Megan Kaponga. All six artists are current or recent graduates of Wintec School of Media Arts. Mind Map is part of the Public Good project curated by Ramp Gallery Curator Kim Paton.

Mind maps are a visual way to approach developing ideas – a roaming freeform graph that connects words and concepts through personal association rather than a formal or constructed framework. While fast becoming a term adopted by MBA graduates and strategy‐planning groups, the most simple and effective function of the mind map is its visual power to bring ideas to life.

A mind map disregards hierarchy and linear organisation in favour of embracing the strangeness of thought. Ideas are organised in radical arrangements, developing strength and expanding based on our own subjective knowledge and experience. In a mind map meaning is derived from wherever it most makes sense for the author, it could be the Oxford Dictionary but more likely it’s a book or a film or childhood memory. Mind Map explores the potential of mapping ideas and will appeal to any avid visual thinker who has ever contemplated the wonder and weirdness of how one thing leads to another.

The Public Good project curated by Kim Paton will take place in Hamilton over 18 months. The project explores art in public spaces and includes two upcoming sculpture projects in the museum courtyard and will coincide with an exhibition and publication at Ramp gallery investigating artists’ propositions for imagined public art works throughout New Zealand.