A WORLD WE MADE UP is an art project that invites viewers to collaborate on a hand-drawn map of the world.


The project invites people from all over the world to submit a drawing of their home, collected in person and online. The collected drawings will be clustered and collaged together to form an animated dreamscape of every-changing scenes.  The final animated visuals will be displayed as part of an interactive exhibit at YBCA in June, as well online. 

So far, we have received over 5,000 submissions from cities around the world include:


Chennai, India

Ain Draham, Tunisia

Oujda, Morocco

Nanjing, China

Kowloon, Hong Kong

Hanoi, Vietnam

Verona, Italy

London, England

Belgrade, Serbia

Vincennes, France

Caxias, Portugal,

Athens, Greece

Sofia, Bulgaria

Podgorica, Montenegro

Kuopio, Finland

Ajman, UAE

Faisalabad, Pakistan

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Calabozo, Venezuela

Christiana, Jamaica

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Lapu lapu, Philippines

Pulau pinang, Malaysia

Fort Lauderdale, USA

Grand Rapids, USA

St. Paul, USA

and hundreds of other cities.


The resulting display explores the technological membrane separating the "world of things" from the "world of ideas". The translation of geography, economy and culture embedded in "homes" here reflects the transmutation of experience that takes place online. The webscape is presented as a hand-drawn sketch of the physical world, a ghostly outline of the real. The subject matter of housing, being deeply intertwined with money, society and culture, ties the project to individual and societal identity. The piece invites participants to consider the way we construct our ideas of space and place in the world, or in the many possible worlds we construct around us. A large-scale installation of the project will be on display at YBCA on June 2.