A collective mapping of all things free, public and community-minded in Leigh, UK.
Who decides how a place is lived in? Access to public space is diminishing, but more than that, the collective sense of ‘publicness’ — of a place being everyone’s to use, make and reimagine — is on the decline.
Platforms such as Google Maps present a place where shops, restaurants and paid attractions take centre stage. This is the version of the city favoured by financially-minded developers, a place where — ultimately — you go to part with money.
But what if you don’t have money, or want to know other versions of your hometown? Everywhere Else is an open platform for people in Leigh to map everything that platforms such as Google Maps neglect: a map of the ‘gaps’ in Google’s way of seeing the world.
Working together, we can make a new map of Leigh. Make publicness, not just profit!***Produced by Jacob Bolton, 2020.Made with Leigh’s Young Producers – Peter and Natalia – and James Medd (technical more-than-just-Support).
Part of this place [of mine], commissioned by Future Everything, 2020.***This project borrows ideas and code from queeringthemap.com/.
To add to the map, click 'add message', click on a point and then describe what is there to other people. It could be a place that you and your friends go to hang out, somewhere outside you like to eat your lunch, or a community project that you feel could be nurtured through more collective knowledge. You are also welcome to share your own personal experiences and stories tied to a particular place.
Note: all submissions are moderated, so it may take a day or two for your contribution to appear. Please exercise care and caution! When going somewhere new, tell someone where you are going, and go with a friend if possible.
Any questions, get in touch at jacobbolton[@]live.co.uk