MUSEUM OF PANORAMIC CARTOGRAPHY | Istanbul | Unit 21 | 2011
The Istanbul Museum of Panoramic Cartography investigates how individual and public ways of viewing Istanbul can be catalogued and exhibited to allow the user to visually comprehend the city’s development and contemporary urban fabric.
The museum is perceived externally as a mark in current views across the Golden Horn Peninsula and by ‘zoomscape’ views from the local infrastructural network. Internally, it has a direct relation to its position in the panoramic scope of cartography documenting the Golden Horn Peninsula. Hand drawn, empirical and photographic constructions of panoramic cartography made by artists and photographers are exhibited in perspectival and chronological views inside the museum which also bear a direct relationship to the musuem’s open viewing deck dissecting the opposite views of the peninsula. This passage through parallel historic and contemporary views of Istanbul is punctuated by glimpses of Byzantine ruins that quietly lie beneath these intricate relationships; yet they are ever present in the cartographic views in which they were documented centuries before.
The museum reveals the urban complexities of Istanbul and itself in incremental gestures, giving the public a progressive understanding of the city which is always subject to temporality and its relentlessly evolving fabric.