Imaginary Cities _ info
A project using the British Library’s digital collection of historic urban maps to create aesthetic designs and fictional cityscapes for the Information Age
Imaginary Cities is an arts research project that considers how large digital repositories of historic cultural materials can be used to create new born-digital artworks and real-time experiences which are relevant and engaging to 21st century audiences. The project takes images and associated metadata of pre-20th century urban maps drawn from the British Library’s online 1 Million Images from Scanned Books collection on Flickr Commons and explores transforming these digital materials into new aesthetic designs and provocative fictional cityscapes for the Information Age.
Imaginary Cities is a British Library Labs project by Michael Takeo Magruder made possible with funding by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This online work-in-progress showcase has been conceived and realised in partnership with Gazelli Art House.