Author Archives: Mengsu Xu

Conference Project: Net Migration of the World

Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 11.24.34 AM   Detailed look: Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 12.47.14 PM Sheet This map I made was basically a idea of showing net total of migrants during the period 1980-2014. The net total of migrants is the total number of immigrants deduct the annual number of emigrants, including citizens and noncitizen. According to data, there are more migrants in U.S and other wealthier such as Germany and the share of middle-income nations such as India and Mexico immigrants has grown these years. The shirts occurred as the total number of international migrants rose from 154 million in 1990 to 232 million in 2014, accounting for almost 3% of the global populations. During the period, the U.S remained the largest destination country and still increased share of the world’s migrants. There are 46 million migrants (one-in-five) now in the United States slight less than one-in-six of 23 million in 1990. All told, 69% of international migrants now live in high-income countries (average per capita income of $ 12,616 or higher), up from 87 million, or 57%, in 1990. The high income countries, many of them in North America and Europe appear increasingly attractive to modern migrants as they pursue job opportunities and higher living standard. So where do today’s migrants come from? The most of them come from the middle-income countries as what World Bank designates. The share of immigrants born in high-as well as low-income nations has declined. Once they move across borders, a lot of migrants send money back to families in their countries of origin. Despite a decreasing during the 2009 global recession, the overall annual flow of money has tripled since 2000 and now tops $500 billion. The economic importance of remittances is larger in poorer countries than in richer ones. The money account for 8% of the gross domestic product in low-income nations, 2% in middle-income nations and less than 1% in high-income nations, according to analysis of World bank data. The U.S has always been the world’s largest number of international migrants over the time. The number of immigrants in the U.S doubled from 23 million people in 1990 to 46 million in 2013. And has also become a major recipient of migrants from countries with large numbers of emigrants. The inspiration of map comes from Denis wood’s Everything Sings. propaganda_press_evthss_003_shop1_162248 propaganda_press_evthss_005_shop1_162249 propaganda_press_evthss_006_shop1_162249 The main concept of doing the mapping is to create a map of the place of experience, which is also considered to be the most important thing by Dennis Wood. The map is unseen and no one would actually pay attention to. Our eyes are seem no important, rather than perceive the world with eyes, we sense and reproduce the world using nose (smell), hands (sensory), body (movement), ears (sound), and language (communication).

Self-Portrait: A Map of World Experience

Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 2.34.20 PM Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 2.31.24 PM Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 2.32.02 PM Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 2.32.51 PM Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 12.21.49 PM Introduction: My work of Mapping is representation of my inner thoughts with external geographic location. This work comes out of a desire to capture the experience and adventure in dreams. I am neither professional nor a graphic artist and had very little experience with photoshop. Very basically as you can see from the chart, the surface and color are starkly simple that it only include the water and land, but it ends by inspiring story of myself by adding dots and connection lines on the surface. Decision making process: I have been looking a lot of maps to study lands, rivers, coastlines, where do they happen, how do they interact with each other. The point is to get a feeling of the flow of nature world. There was talk of traveling around the world, talking of never giving up to chase after dreams. Meanwhile, in my dorm, me and my roommates we sat, we tele-conferenced, we cooked meals and shopped online. My mom asked me if I was feeling alright in new places, I said I was feeling excited but a little but stuck. She suggested me instead of staying at school all the time, pretending you are a hard-working student, you need to go places and immerse yourself in culture. So one day on my way from dorm to classroom, I came up with this idea of my self-portrait map of my adventure in the real world. I collected every symbols such as mountains, forest, rivers, islands etc. Drawing and connecting them somehow brought the real scenery back to me. The glistening light of waves, the bumping mountain road. The gift of place is its memories. Map brought my memories together, just like I am collecting gifts.  Later that day, I describe to my friend my map-the setup, the design, the challenging and the goal. My friend did challenging me by pointing out the flaw of map that the system is too simple. ” Try to do something challenging, combing two dimension picture to three dimension systems.” She said. I believed in her words and created the second sign-system on top of my map of how people connecting to each other by the internet. For example, we all upload sefie to Instagram no matter where you are, which language you speak, what skin colors you have. I feel that I am communicating with someone thousand miles away while I am making commentary on her/his picture. That feeling is just fantastic. Reading reference and rational for my self-portrait: I am influenced by the sentence from ” CHAPTER ONE: Maps Blossom in the Springtime of the State” where it says “The sphericity of the globe is not something that comes to us as seeing-hearing-sniffing-tasting…..It is a residuum of cultural work, of watching ships come up to us from the sea for eons, of thinking about what that might mean, of observing shadows at different locations, of sailing great distance.” Map let people know what other have seen or dreamed up and then how you are affected by their emotions. So I choose to combine two sign-system on the same map: one is my self experience over the world, and another is the internet connections. So it is how me and my experience connected to others’ life by internet.  I do not know if internet connect us, or merely bring us together, but the feeling of distance between people are shortened by this form of technology. If someone walk up and telling you how beautiful his hometown is, you might say “Oh, that is really cool, we should go there together sometimes.” But without knowing anything about him or his hometown, i believe you will not go that place eventually. However, on the internet it is like, ” Yeah, this is my life, come and join me, please.” With picture of big smile and fantastic scene, that has became the most inviting post you have ever seen. I suppose you have booked the flight already. That is the power of internet, of a sense of belonging and intimacy.   Artistic Reference: The map is still a basic route map of island that I got inspiration from Dahlia Essayed work “Start of the Pre-Season”. And: Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 12.21.22 PM     “You are here” by Katharine Harmon Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 12.50.51 PM ” Alternate Realities-from Ft. Collins,2006″ by Janice Caswell Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 1.00.23 PM Lars Arrhenius   Works that inspired me from MoMa Exhibits.   6424533209_ac3dce3ca8_z marx prettymaps2