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Deleuze & Guattari, before Michel Houellebecq, showed how the map, insofar as it is “constructed, always dismountable, connectable, reversible, modifiable” can only be distinguished - even opposed to territories. The map is indeed a tool of power that allows all manipulations of territorial and spatial realities. This cartographic relationship between power and the imaginary obviously interested artists of the 20th Century. I am thinking here of Marcel Broodthaers and his Atlas for the use of artists and soldiers; the world maps of Alighiero Boetti; of Art & Language’s Map to Not Indicate; of those, more disturbing, painted on mattresses by Guillermo Kuitca; but also, further on, of the surrealist map of the world and the maps of situationist excesses…

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