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“Map Piece” is an iconic conceptual artwork created by Yoko Ono in 1962. This piece is part of her “Instruction Paintings” series, where the instructions themselves become the art, inviting participation and contemplation from the audience.

The artwork consists of a simple set of written instructions that prompt the participant to engage in a thought-provoking action. The opening lines of “Map Piece” read:

Draw an imaginary map.
Put a goal mark on the map where you want to go.
Go walking on an actual street according to your map.

The instructions are intended to provoke imagination and introspection. By asking participants to draw an imaginary map and set a goal, Ono encourages them to think about their aspirations, journeys, and the paths they take in life. The act of imagining driving and navigating this map connects to themes of direction, purpose, and personal exploration.

“Map Piece” emphasizes the role of imagination in art. The artwork is completed through the mental and physical actions of the participant, making each experience unique.
The piece metaphorically addresses life’s journey, the goals we set, and the directions we choose to take. It encourages self-reflection on personal ambitions and the process of reaching one’s destinations.
This piece is a quintessential example of conceptual art, where the idea and instructions are more important than any physical manifestation of the artwork.

“Map Piece” has been celebrated for its simplicity and profound depth. It embodies Yoko Ono’s approach to art, which often blurs the lines between artist and audience, inviting active participation and personal interpretation.

APA style reference

Ono, Y. (1962). Map Piece. walk · listen · create.

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Do you like to stroll? Are you a fan of roaming? Then you should give stroaming a try. This is a word blend, just like brunch. In her 1796 novel Camilla, Frances Burney described a character who “stroamed into the ball-room, with the most visible marks of his unfitness for appearing in it.” The OED indicates that stroaming involves “long strides” and/or idleness, so watch your form and attitude when out on a stroam. Credits to Mark Peters.

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