About

Future Cartographic is a home for creative writing, and for experiments in art and collaboration. Erik Moe is the founder and principal writer for the site, though many Future Cartographic projects have been collaborative or collective efforts.


Socially Engaged Practice

Future Cartographic emerged from Erik’s lifelong study of art, film, and literature — and in particular from following and participating in works that are socially engaged, community-based, participatory or activist in nature.


Time, Urbanism, Landscape, Maps and Exploration

The name Future Cartographic comes from a series of art projects Erik developed beginning in 2015 that imagined hyperlocal neighborhood utopias of the year 2215.

These projects involved walks, conversations, maps, writing and art exploring how history and ideology is handed down to us through the language of architecture, urban planning, and landscape — ideas that we absorb involuntarily by living wherever we live.

Future Cartographic began on the road with conversations in a handful of urban and rural places across North America, but much of this work focused on the neighborhoods we call home in Washington, DC. These are neighborhoods shaped by colonization, war, slavery, Jim Crow, white supremacy, environmental destruction, cultural erasure and exploitative redevelopment. In imagining utopian futures for such a place, we asked what kind of spaces and landscapes would embody a hopeful life for those who will live in our neighborhoods two centuries from now. And what do we need to do today to make that future possible?

These themes of time, urbanism, landscape, maps and exploration are continuing subjects of Future Cartographic’s writing and exploration.


Support

The most direct way to support Future Cartographic is by hiring us to collaborate with you on editorial, design, maps and cartography, writing and socially-engaged events and art projects.

Future Cartographic is grateful for past support and ongoing community through:

  • Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
  • D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities
  • D.C. Writers’ Salon
  • Funk Parade
  • Halcyon Art Lab
  • Hamiltonian Artists
  • Little Salon
  • National Arts Strategies
  • S&R Foundation

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About Our Home

Future Cartographic’s studio and expeditions are on Indigenous land. We acknowledge that the history of Indigenous people in the area of the Potomac and Anacostia rivers is rich and complex. Through our walks, maps, writing and dialogue, we aim to honor, learn and build understanding regarding the history and future of the land and the tribes — such as the Nacotchtank Piscataway — who have called, and continue to call this area home.

Our neighborhood — the U Street Corridor in Washington, DC — is also known as Black Broadway for the flowering of African American music, culture and black-owned businesses here that predated the 1920s Harlem Renaissance and continues to this day. We celebrate that history and are committed to ending cultural erasure and white supremacy through dialogue, with and celebration of Black artists, neighbors and community.


Contact Us

You may email us through the form below or info@futurecartographic.org.

We welcome mail including books and media for review consideration at:

Erik Moe
Future Cartographic
1932 9th St NW #203
Washington, DC 20001