During last year’s Porous Borders Festival in Hamtramck there were a handful of great examples of engaged mapping projects:
“Index of Inaccessibility” attempted to re-draw one of the borders of the GM Assembly Plant by walking around it. The intent by the artist-organizers Ludmila Ferrari, Juan Leal, and Félix Zamora was to create a new map of the border that is not constituted by the presence of the GM Assembly Plant.
“The Border Plant Mapping Project” set out to document any accessible plants along the Detroit/Hamtramck border and result in a map that anyone can use to find the mapped plants. This project was developed by Maia Asshaq, a writer and performer living in Hamtramck.