“If you want to understand the inner workings of an artists mind, then of course the desk is the most telling space for that. The way the desk is arranged, the way the desk is cluttered—the mess you find at the end of the day, tells you a lot about a person who works there.”
In doing research for capstone I found this video to be a good starting place for my idea. This video is an example of the kind of mapping I am attempting to go towards that includes dialogue, images, and data. But, I also see the subject as being a form of mapping as well in the sense that desks “reflect your mental process." How do we design our spaces to represent our processes, do they reflect ourselves? I think that it is mainly a place of (for me, messy) organization, physically and mentally. The arrangement of the space is designed like a map because objects, papers, computers, paints and books all combine and create your working, problem-solving world. I like what Kurt Andersen says about having things visible, that unpredictable things “ping” off each other, I work in a very similar sense. I am always really curious to see other people’s creative spaces, what works for them? What kind of tables do they use or images are on the walls? Why? At the start of the video, critic Alice Twemlow says that today we have a nomadic sense of the workspace with our phones and laptops; we can go everywhere and anywhere. Being able to go different places to find creative inspiration or atmosphere only means that those places were already created for you. Do we work better in these spaces or with those a more personal, permanent sense? Does this video make sense as a form of deep mapping? Look it up on wikipedia: deep mapping.
Here is my desk!