The third idea is that the Map is Not the Territory. It is a humbling notion for a writer because I am busy producing maps, and that is my function in life-aside from being human.
Finally, the Map is Not the Territory leads me to the notion that all assumptions should be challenged.
And I also realized that, as Gregory Bateson puts it, "The map is not the territory
." I had become fully acquainted with the map as a student.
The recent exhibition "Bridge/The Map Is Not the Territory" was an attempt to renavigate this nonterritory.
The works in the project's second half, "The map is not the territory," dealt directly with the supposed territory of Hamburg.
We would be like the cartographers in Jorge Luis Borges' short story "Histoire de l'Infamie." Borges imagined an empire where cartographers were so careful to get every minute detail on their map that they ended up creating "a map of the same size as the Empire, that perfectly duplicated it." The map is not the territory
, otherwise it would be useless.
The map is not the territory
, so there is no not territory.
Now let us go back to the first principle, which can be stated as "The map is not the territory," that is, the word is not the thing it represents.
The map is not the territory. Neither is a map, of the map, itself a map.
I also like to keep my students writing, which is how I came to write, "The map is not the territory
, the word is not the thing" on my board.