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第5回 Re-draw Re-world/リドロー・リワールド

organized by Yuka Masuko


When the Age of Discovery revealed the existence of unknown continents, our worldview was expanded. Until now this was the normal world view for us today, but in 2020, restrictions have minimised our living sphere to a radius of even two kilometres, while the development of the internet and digital technology has made it possible to imagine that we are on the other side of the earth without physical travel. The individual's view of the world is about to change once again dramatically. 
In this workshop, we attempt to represent this changing personal worldview in the form of a map. Since ancient times, all kinds of pictures, starting with cave paintings, have been drawn to understand the complex relationships between living things, maps are especially drawn to show the relationship between places. However, as we have always confirmed our own existence by exploring the distance between our surroundings, maps are not only a simple representation of location and scale, but they also reveal the presence of the creator and their personal worldview. For example, the medieval European TO map - a map of the three continents with Jerusalem at its centre - is notable for its depiction of biblical place names and motifs, such as the fictional Garden of Eden and Noah's Ark. A map can go beyond reality and even express characteristics as a creator. One of the ways in which people trace the relationship between point A and point B is through travel. What will we feel and see the world, through the virtual journey to a place that has never been seen before and the laws of modern science do not make sense ?

What you need:

・A3 or larger paper

・black ink, pencils or other black drawing materials


1. observation
In order to release our popular image of the modern world map, we observe the ancient world maps, mainly of the 6th to the 17th century, which drawn with different ways of seeing and representing the world.

2. the journey
Our Rule is “There is no right or wrong. Only free imagination become reality". 
Using the screen-sharing function of the videoconferencing service, Masuko prepared a series of photographs, which we looked at in turn and discuss what we see, hear and smell. All participants creates together an improvised story. The photographs show a place that cannot be described as a country and provide visual clues to help the imagination.

3. draw a map
Draw a map of the world in which the story takes place on a piece of A3 or larger paper, using any black drawing material. The task is to be done in 20 minutes.


企画: Yuka Masuko(マスコユカ)







1. 観察する

2. 旅をする

3. 地図を描く



It was a trip around the world where we didn't understand the language or culture, but the members were reliable and very fun along the way. We all saw the same thing with Yuka's guidance, but each map turned out to be completely different. Each map seems to reflect what the individual consciously sees, the differences in the way they perceive the world, and their hopes for how they want to perceive it. My work turned out to be more like a pattern than a map. Perhaps I was overwhelmed by the unfamiliar world. Perhaps I wanted to make the mysterious world a little more understandable and concise by putting what I captured into a simple form.





I felt as if I had wandered into a fairytale and was excited by the people and things I encountered, savouring the journey of the unknown.
Cards suggesting something, bustling markets, spices and Moroccan architecture reminded me of the different worlds I had imagined in my mind as a child.
It was an imaginary journey, but by making the map I was able to look back and see that I had indeed been there.





While Yuka was showing me the world, I was marvelling at how she had created it. Towns made of stone, markets selling herbs and fruits, unfamiliar words and cards, her stories took me back to my trip to Morocco two years ago. I had completely forgotten to make a map.
I look at a map, only when I want to go to a shop on Googlemap. That flat and simple map where houses and streets are drawn only with lines. I wondered if the purpose of the maps drawn by people in the past was even different from the ones we have now.
In the aftermath of my trip, I had no time to draw a map. It was as if I had just woken up from a dream and the town was slipping away from my mind... But when I saw the maps drawn by the other members, I was relieved to know that the town did exist.
It would be nice to be able to wander around in a completely unknown town and draw a map in 2021.



Before we knew it, we had indeed wandered into the itinerary of the world told by YUKA.
We had been told that we would be making a map, so we concentrated on the words that YUKA was saying on the other side of the screen, trying not to miss a single word.
When I landed in this town and met a woman selling spices as soon as I headed into town, my heart was racing. It was as if I was really traveling.
I was immediately engrossed in the story, and every time I encountered something, I was thrilled.
Although it was not a real country, the lively towns and old streets reminded me of the Italian cities I traveled to this year.
At the end of the day, when it came time to draw a map, I was so in love with this town that I couldn't just draw a line through the geography.
I wanted to tell people about the town I love, and this map was filled with that feeling. I felt like I understood a little more about why the ancients left behind so many maps.


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