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When standing on a border you are “neither here nor there” borders “are betwixt and between the positions assigned and arrayed by law and custom” (Turner, 1974).

Borders are more than lines cutting through a map, they are; rather an in-between space, a wide swath of ambiguity where identities are broken down and reassembled. To enter a border is to enter a world of surreal; a world which is neither here or there, a liminal world. In the technological advanced era we live in, the way we create maps is extremely different to how maps have been previously created. In 2013 Google maps was the most popular smartphone app with over 54% of all smart phones at least using it once. Showing how Google maps is now the most relevant source of mapping in the 21st Century. In 2010, faulty Google data briefly gave a chunk of Costa Rica to neighbouring Nicaragua. Troops were deployed before a correction eased tensions. The changing of Borders turns cartography, a historically objective art form into something severely subjective. Questioning the authenticity of the borders we know. The idea of subjectivity in a border creates a line on the map with no authenticity, a line in no man's land.

Grangetown's border in Cardiff is heavily defined by the rivers Ely and Taff. Yet Google maps still has a border around the district. Following the border, I hope to document the idea of liminality, ambiguity and surrealism. Grangetown’s border is the path in which I search for the idea of the liminal space; and create a narrative to guide you around the border in the search to fill the void of the subjective lines that Google has placed around the district.

© Liam Webb 2019