America’s View of the World

At the Teen Studio in the New Children’s Museum, visitors participated in “America’s View of the World” by tearing out newspaper articles and pasting them on a map of the world – the resulting mass of pasted articles created a topography that represents which countries and places the news media are writing about.

The installation consisted of two large table maps made out of wood. One shows North and South America, while the other shows Europe, Asia and Africa. Country names were left off the maps, in order to challenge visitors’ own understanding of the world.