My work about Central Park is based on maps; I was drawn to the graphical layout of the park when looking at some of the plans for when the park was being built that I found in the archive provided by Fotonow. I was also interested in the idea that maps have different purposes, and I wanted to try and appropriate some of those different purposes when creating my work. Initially, I was planning on creating an animation based on the history of the park, and how it has changed over the years. However, I had to change my idea in order to adapt my map to the website. I decided to create an interactive map for the site, that would act as a kind of menu, and would allow people to click on different sections in order to get to different parts of the website. I also thought about how maps can be used as graphics. Being from London, an example that sprang to mind was the tube maps that are instantly recognisable. I decided that it would be interesting to create a version of the map for Central Park. 

About the artist

Alex Jones

I am a second year Media Arts student at Plymouth University. My background is in film and animation, but I am interested in a variety of media practises. I attempt to blur the lines between the worlds of digital and analogue in my works, be it through digital manipulation or animation, often looking to give new meaning to overlooked media, through the use of orphan film or archive footage.

 

I also enjoy learning about and using obsolete technology in order to create interesting aesthetics in my work. I enjoy problem-solving and learning new skills which is why I tasked myself with learning how to code, so that I could create an interactive map for this website. Through my degree, I aim to refine my skills and knowledge of software and creative techniques, as well as my practises as a media artist.

Email: alexlouisjones@gmail.com

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A collaboration between University of Plymouth Media Arts students and Fotonow, exploring the history of Central Park.

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