In "Unruly Edges: Mushrooms as Companion Species," the peaceful and fungus-loving anthropologist Anna Tsing suggests we wander more intuitively, as a forager once would— to develop a sense of place not through concrete cartography but through "familiarity." This, along with Giuliana Bruno's work on the emotional potential of cartography, inspired An Idle Atlas.
An Idle Atlas charts in 2 ways (abstracted line and text) the different walks we take. Visitors to this site can trace the path of their most recent walk and pair it with as many or as few words as they like— over time, a community record emerges.
My hands were chapped and the wind sometimes felt like it was blowing into the veins along the top... the residential areas here curl and snake and fakeout which made it hard to navigate home, the streets branch out like veins themselves!
Me and my dog, finding new paths in the woods. Why hadn't we gone here before?
Jubilantly blinded by the morning sun, I crashed right into a stranger's mailbox with an echoing boom... and then smiled away the resulting bruise
Brisk, quick, and simultaneously alone and exposed (I walked on a little sidewalk path directly next to a suburban main road which had just enough cars passing by for security, but not too much that you feel perceived by the occupants)
hot and somehow cold at the same time, trudging swiftly through the southern rhode island woods with the two people im allowed to breathe with. frequently noticing twisted elbow tree landmarks and a proud stone wall.