Future Cartographic is a home for creative work and exploration

An art studio and writing community 

Future Cartographic is a lab and press for creative collaborations founded by Erik Moe in 2015. Our literary, visual, and interdiscplinary projects focus on the the hyperlocal and the utopian. Geography, time and change over centuries. What have we inherited? What are we passing on to future generations?

A communications, editorial and design consultancy 

The above work is largely self-funded through the proceeds from commercial work with clients on editorial, design, marketing and communication. We seek out clients who are invested in community and contributing to their own hyperlocal utopia.


Art as Collaboration

Erik Moe has studied collaborative, community-based, and socially-engaged art projects since the late 1990s. His arts projects have often been in collaboration with other artists or with participant co-creators. Walking together — and maps gleaned from walks — have been a recurring theme of these projects, including the initial 2015 explorations from which the name Future Cartographic emerged. 

Writing as Collaboration

Though writing is often thought of as a lonely pursuit, it too is a collaboration. At a minimum it is a collaboration between author and reader. Future Cartographic collaborations include literary projects employing dialogue, observation, and walking together in conversation. Future Cartographic Press is our imprint for zines, art books and more. Its first two titles are available for purchase on this website: U Street/Black Broadway in the 20th and 23rd Centuries (2016) and Half/Life (2019). Finally, our blog is a home for new writing, experiments, and cultural dialogue. Look for new posts in 2020 from Erik and Future Cartographic collaborators.

Consulting as Collaboration 

Finally, we couldn’t do any of our creative work without our paying client-collaborators. We view this work as far more than transactional fee-for-service projects. Future Cartographic believes every project is a chance to build relationships, to help an organization grow and become more efficient, and an opportunity to help important work thrive. Read more and contact us to start collaborating. 

About Our Home

Future Cartographic’s studio is on indigenous Nacotchtank Piscataway land.

Our neighborhood — the U Street Corridor in Washington, DC — has also been known as Black Broadway for the flowering of African American music, culture and black-owned businesses here that predated the 1920s Harlem Renaissance.

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