Future Cartographic is a home for creative work and exploration
Founded by artist and writer Erik Moe in 2015, Future Cartographic is:
• an art studio
• a writing community
• a marketing/editorial consultancy
What do all of these things have in common? Collaboration.
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, 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.