February 14, 2011
In their article Rethinking Maps, Rob Kitchin and Martin Dodge (2007, 331) argue that cartography should be envisioned as “a processual, rather than representational, science.” This process-oriented perspective challenges conventions in cartography, but also reflects more common mapping practices in other disciplines. In the arts and humanities the term mapping is used more broadly and includes a diversity of practices and expectations. Artists and other creative practitioners have developed their own mapping practices to express understandings, fears, hopes, emotions and perceptions about places and people. Approaching mapping as a process and set of practices raises a range of issues:
- How do mapping processes and practices vary across disciplines?
- What are the consequences of deploying different ways of mapping to portray the world?
- What politics are facilitated by mapping practice?
- What ethical possibilities flow from a processual approach to mapping?
- How might aesthetics and function respond to change?
- What roles do technologies play in mapping practice?
- How is meaning constituted through mapping action?
- What is the affect and emotional consequence of an ontogenic approach to mapping?
- What are the relations of embodied actions to mapping?
- What are the social consequences of mapping practice?
To address these questions the Commission on Maps and Society of the International Cartographic Association (ICA), in collaboration with the Working Group on Arts and Cartography of the ICA, are organizing a one day workshop in Paris (just before the 25th International Cartographic Conference). This workshop aims to bring together researchers, students, practitioners and artists interested in the processes and practices through which they make, enact and study mapping.
Given the topic of this workshop we are seeking reports on work in progress, rather than finished papers and invite abstracts around any of the above questions.
Feb. 21, 2011. Abstracts (about 400 words) to Chris Perkins (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Sébastien Caquard (email@example.com)
Mar. 1, 2011. Proposals selected
Mar. 7, 2011. Preliminary program is published
December 2, 2010
Eidolon is a research network dedicated “to contribute to innovation in cartography either directly or by stimulating research.” This group is organizing a moving map symposium in Lausanne, Suisse (Apr. 14-15, 2011) with a very impressive program including speakers such as Bruno Latour, Emanuela Casti, Jacques Lévy, Franco Farinelli, Michel Lussault and many others. This symposium will be organized around three workshops (Who’s the Author of these Maps ? Mapping Values and Social Justice. Ethics Despite Aesthetics ?) and will also include an art exhibit and a map contest.
November 11, 2010
Stories in Reserve is a project that involve a group of artists exploring – and mapping – places with a dual point of view: from the insiders perspectives and from the outsiders one (e.g. tourists). The first volume includes three audio tours: transnational commerce in Tijuana (by Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga); Superfund-classified wildlife refugees in southern Illinois ( by Sarah Kanouse); and Vancouver’s site of the 2010 Winter Olympic games (by Ryan Griffis, Lize Mogel & Sarah Ross). These tours are presented with full-color maps and images. The books can be ordered for $15 + the cost of shipping. The great news is that the book and the audio tours are also downloadable for free…
October 7, 2010
Following the successful workshop on Mapping Different Geography that took place in 2009, the University of Vienna is organizing another exciting workshop entitled understanding different geographies – Communicating Meaning with Geo[Graphic] Artifacts that will take place at Puchberg am Schneeberg, Austria from January 31st till February 3rd. The outcome of the 2009 workshop is an edited book that has been freshly released.
September 27, 2010
The next International Cartographic Conference will be held in Paris in 2011 (July 3 to 8). The deadline for submitting proposal is approaching very fast: 4 October 2010. If you cannot submit a full refereed paper before this deadline, there is still the possibility to submit an abstract (400 to 550 words) for oral presentation or a poster. There will be a theme on Art, Culture and Cartography (T5), so you might want to consider submitting your paper under this theme (See the call for papers for more details).
Beside paper sessions, the Arts and Cartography working group will be organizing different activities. A workshop in collaboration with the worksing group on Maps and Society will take place prior to the conference (this workshop may also include an art exhibit). An experimental walking tour with mixed groups of cartographers and Parisian artists will be organized to explore the invisible borders between the arrondissements of Paris (July 4 at 5 pm). We are also in the process of organizing a film screening, and another art and map exhibit has already been organized. Hope to see you in Paris next year.
September 22, 2010
Eric Fisher makes great series of maps and post them on Flickr. My two favorite series are Race & ethnicity and his Geotaggers’ World Atlas maps showing areas photographed by toursits Vs. areas photographed by locals (The maps are ordered by the number of pictures taken in the central cluster of each one).
September 12, 2010
An original challenge organized by the Cartographers’ Guild, in partnership with the Soho Gallery for Digital Art, is currently taking place. The participants are asked to create up to three maps inspired by New York. This inspiration can be pretty loose, or very literal. The top 45 entries will be displayed in a gallery show in an art gallery in Soho, Manhattan from the 16th of November to the 12th of December. The deadline is the 31st of October. More details here.
May 20, 2010
Rethinking Location Anytime Anywhere Everything :: until June 19, 2010 :: Sprüth Magers, Oranienburger Straße 18, D-10178 Berlin.
With works by Rosa Barba – Cyprien Gaillard – Andreas Hofer – Koo Jeong-A – David Maljkovic – Trevor Paglen – Christodoulos Panayiotou – Sterling Ruby – Paul Sietsema – Taryn Simon – Armando Andrade Tudela – Andro Wekua. Curated by Johannes Fricke Waldthausen.
Evolving from the work of twelve conceptual artists, filmmakers and photographers presenting alternate interpretations of fictional geographies, imaginary sites and ‘mash-up’ destinations, the exhibition Rethinking Location reconsiders the notion of location. In an era characterized by a rapidly changing perception of time and space due to ever increasing mobility, migration and globalisation, our understanding of what a location is has significantly transformed. Taking these changes for granted, the exhibition investigates how artists consider location and geography as source material for their work.
For more information go to http://turbulence.org/blog/2010/05/17/rethinking-location-anytime-anywhere-everything-berlin/
May 17, 2010
All kinds of very interesting activities happening in London from now until July 2010. If somebody is interested in sending us a report of these activities, we could certainly post it here.
‘Whose map is it?’ Exhibition of maps and mappings by international artists at Iniva in London
Crossing Boundaries: An Interdisciplinary Symposium (Royal Geographical Society) London, 2 June.
‘The Creative Compass’ (6 May to 2 July 2010) (Royal Geographical Society), London.
May 8, 2010
Jeremy Wood has been carrying a GPS with him for years, recording his movements at the surface of the earth (and in the air). Through this process he has been drawing all sorts of shapes and writting all kinds of georeferenced messages (one of his most famous message was the quote ‘It is not down in any map; true places never are’ from Herman Melville (Moby Dick) (Note: This work appears in the essential book Else/Where Mapping: New Cartographies of Networks and Territories edited by Janet Abrams and Peter Hall in 2006).
If you are in London in May, you will have a chance to see how constistant he his – geographically speaking – in the recurrent process of MOWING THE LAWN
“New drawings by Jeremy Wood created with GPS and a riding lawnmower. The exhibition charts the artist’s movements over several seasons of mowing.
Wood makes use of his unique GPS data stream by precisely plotting his time, date and position coordinates to reveal an evolving exploration of travel.”
Tenderpixel Gallery (www.tenderpixel.com) London
May 13 – June 22, 2010, Tue – Sat 1pm to 7pm
Opening May 13 from 6-9pm
Later on in the month, Jeremy Wood will also reveal his new work entitled TRAVERSE ME at the Mead Gallery. According to the author, “It’s based on the idea of 1:1 scale mapping and it’s my most intricate work so far.” We’d like to see this.
May 29 – July 3, 2010, Mon – Sat 10 to 6 pm
Finally if you are interested in the work of Jeremy Wood you should certainly read his conversation with Tracey P. Lauriault that appeared in The Cartographic Journal in 2009.