Maps are only one way of seeing the city and usually only focus on official representations of physical locations. Counter-maps trouble and disrupt formal representations to value residents’ everyday experiences of what it actually means to live in the city. The central focus of the exhibition is a counter-map, produced as part of a collaborative research process with residents in Miles Platting, Manchester. The neighbourhood and residents of Miles Platting have experienced significant change due to austerity and privatisation processes. A second participatory counter-map will be made throughout the exhibition. Visitors to the exhibition can contribute their knowledge to the map, sharing: histories, protests and issues that matter to them in the city. Through thee maps researchers aim to provoke reflection on whose knowledge matters in the context of a vast and rapidly changing urban landscape.
Follow the counter-mapping process by following our twitter account @UK_RJC #KnowledgeMattersGM.
Whose Knowledge Matters Exhibition, 1st Floor, Manchester Central Library, June to August 2019.