Miriam Needoba is an artist and filmmaker based in Nelson, British Columbia.
title Design O’ World
year of production 2008
used technology (software etc) Flash, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, ARCgis
required plug-ins Flash Player
Where “Mr. Potato Head” meets “Civilization”. Design-O-World is an interactive website that explores the myriad of possible interpretations to be gleaned from the simple manipulation of a seemingly objective and knowable image – a map of the world.
“The map is not the territory” is a related expression meaning that an abstraction derived from something, or a reaction to it, is not the thing itself…” (Alfred Korzybski cited in Wikipedia).
With your computer’s cursor placed over a country of your choosing you can drag it around and thus redesign the world! The design of your world may take place on many levels. It could be purely an exercise in aesthetic arrangement however it will probably involve many ideas that stem from where you live and your ties to that place and your feelings towards other countries. These may be political, your views on international politics or your country’s political relationship with neighboring countries. Or perhaps you just want to move all the places you want to travel to closer together and all the places you don’t stacked up on top of each other and shoved up under Antarctica! (Which of course you could also move to the equator to really shake things up…)
Once your masterpiece is finished and, if chosen, you have filled in the commentary box perhaps elaborating on the design choices in your world and where you live in this one, you save it to the Gallery page. You can also print out your world or email it to yourself or a friend.