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Traversal Residency: Margaret Pearce

Traversal Residency: Margaret Pearce

Interference with Margaret Pearce

21 February – 10 March 2023

Closing: Thursday, March 9, 5-7PM

Presented as part of Traversal Residency Series co-presented in partnership with the Public Visualization Lab and Trinity Square Video; funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

During the residency, Margaret Pearce will be working on a map outlining the ways Southerners pollute Inuit Nunangat, and in so doing, interfere with Inuit self-determination and destroy global cooling and the balance of the earth. These interferences include our greenhouse gas emissions, our hydro-dam releases, and our shipping pollution: a multitude of harmful actions in motion. It is hard to portray the movements of so many large numerical data sets in print cartography without lapsing into the complacency of spectacle. The Traversal Residency is an opportunity to experiment with animation as a method of uncovering what is difficult to narrate in print. By interfering with Pearce’s usual materials and techniques, Interference will make room for insights that printed matter has blocked. Might animation reciprocate with new language about motion, to help this printed map guide us to our personal responsibilities to change?


Margaret Pearce

Margaret Pearce is a Citizen Potawatomi tribal member and a print cartographer living on Penobscot homelands in Maine. She sees cartography as a form of writing with infinite capacities for representing the situatedness of narrative, relationalities between humans and beyond-humans, and our unspoken assumptions about time, space, and each other. She is dedicated to expanding that as far as she can in her lifetime. She recently collaborated with Ho-Chunk Nation, Winnebago Tribe, and Miami Tribe to map their Removal stories for the Field Museum, and with the Land-Grab Universities team at High Country News to map land-grant university Morrill parcel responsibilities, for which they received a George Polk award among others. In 2022 she received a Wayfinder Award from National Geographic. She holds a PhD in geography from Clark University.