Living at the intersection of radical imagination, dreams (and rest), Mundane Afrofuturism, and pleasure, the map project is a virtual experiment in devising. It is a virtual dream space to heal and play. It is a virtual offering of community. It is a virtual tool of radical imagination.

© The Map Project / Ta-Nia
Video from The Map Project installation, 2021

Available Summer to Winter 2020, The Map Project saw over 50 users with over 200 submissions.

The Map Project hopes to provide a space for individuals to unapologetically go down a rabbithole, send up their dreams and visions, and come back out to a wide net of community. As artists, we find it crucial for our projects to contain the DNA of our community and The Map Project is a way for us to do that.

As much as this experience is a digital devising project, it’s also an offering for you. This space is one of intention, reflection, pleasure, healing, restoration, and radical imagination—for YOU. We encourage you to move through this experience with an open mind. There will be prompts for you to engage with but this is not an assignment. It’s an invitation. Pick up what is of interest to you and move past what is not. Everything will be submitted to us (Ta-Nia) and we will be the only two people seeing what is submitted.*

*By participating in The Map Project,
you agree that Ta-Nia exclusively
owns all rights to your submissions
and can use them for the development of
A MAP TO NOWHERE (things are)
and any derivative works created.
You waive the right to inspect or
approve of the uses of any
printed, electronic, or live copy.


Read “Closing the Gap Between Dreams and Reality: On the Work of Ta-Nia” by Caitlyn Tella for The Quarterless Review as part of their Rituals column

Checkout Ta-Nia’s Toolkit for After the End of the World. Created in conversation with The Map Project and in response to the Summer of 2020.

© The Map Project / Ta-Nia


Ta-Nia, Concept
Talia Paulette Oliveras, Site Design
Ava Elizabeth Novak, Video Design + Animation

“[The Map Project] is a digital tour through the capacity of your own imagination to envision utopia, guided by meditations, video art, and dozens of prompts written by Ta-Nia. It works by initiating participants into the wisdom tradition of their own sensory faculties and applying that wisdom to realize the Afro-future.” - Caitlyn Tella for The Quarterless Review

© The Map Project Installation 2021 / Ta-Nia