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You might have come across their container office between CREA and REC J/K, where DEAR HUNTER tries to map the ins and outs of our campus.

To see what has come out of the ambitions and where there may still be work to be done. They do so by living on the campus for three months: by carrying out 'cartopological' research.

Themes for discussion

  1. The context of making:Artistic research versus visual anthropology. How do you make things? How is this (academic) research? Who is your public?
  2. The outcome: Juxtaposition of information, complete incomplete, unfinished and circular reading
  3. The goal: Space and narrative
  4. You and REC

We, Dear Hunter are a cartopological research practice and produce alternative maps and atlases through qualitative fieldwork. Being a ‘Dear Hunter’, referring to the behaviour and methods of hunters, means that we thoroughly immerse in situations in order to understand them completely, mostly by living and working on-site for relatively long periods of time. As a result, our maps contain local, specific, symbolic and ‘intimate’ knowledge.

In the past, sea monsters on maps enchanted viewers, taught them what was to be found in the sea, about the fears of seafarers, indicated which parts remained to be conquered, and underlined the general importance of religion for the conquerors. Our maps show ‘the sea monsters of our time’, offer a complementary perspective on an existing situation and lead to insights applicable within spatial, economic and cultural development.

The specificity and time-bound nature of our maps automatically means that they are never ‘complete’ (this of course applies to all maps). Rather, they should be seen as documents which promote dialogue and which offer a profound and detailed insight into a (part of a) city, district or neighbourhood.

This project is part of Marlies Vermeulen’s PhD research that is supervised by Zuyd University, Maastricht University and the RWTH in Aachen. Marlies is trained as interior architect, researcher at the Research Centre for Arts, Autonomy and the Public Sphere (Zuyd) and teaches at Zuyd, the RWTH Aachen and KULeuven, all faculties of Architecture. Remy is trained as architect and interior architect and teaches at Zuyd (Architectuur Academie Maastricht).’

Dear Hunter