These images are excerpts from the bifurcation diagrams of various one-dimensional maps (…). Each of these dynamical systems model various physical phenomena in the real world. For example, the logistic map is a crude model of population dynamics with reproduction and limited resources, and it is often used as an example of the period-doubling route to chaos. Typical of chaotic systems, many regions in these figures exhibit self-similarity and reflect the order that emerges outof chaos.
These images were generated numerically by iterating the discrete-time maps above as a bifurcation parameter is varied. The bifurcation parameter is plotted as the y-axis (elevation), and at each elevation, the stratified layer represents the attracting set of the dynamical system for that particular choice of bifurcation parameter. Bifurcation refers to a qualitative change in the behavior or topology of a dynamical system as a parameter is varied.
Recently the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, bought a work of Mona Hatoum, interesting Lebanese artist raised in UK. This artist is multifaceted in the sense that she has worked a variety of disciplines including installation, sculpture and performance. Maps have been widely used in different formats in many of her workpieces. Just type in Google Maps Mona Hatoum to check it out.
(From wikipedia) Mona Hatoum (born 1952 in Beirut, Lebanon) is a video artist and installation artist of Palestinian origin, who lives in London. Mona Hatoum was born in Beirut, Lebanon to Palestinian parents in 1952. Although born in Lebanon, Hatoum does not identify as Lebanese. “Although I was born in Lebanon, my family is Palestinian. And like the majority of Palestinians who became exiles in Lebanon after 1948, they were never able to obtain Lebanese identity cards.”
Lately I’ve liked these maps called “3D Cities”: Regular ordinance survey maps, their two-dimension modified by a number of geometrical cuts forming paper depressions and elevations. We do not know what they signify, although we can guess that these are probably localized spots of violence.Image from http://personal-geographies.blogspot.com
Here you are a video by Tate Britain, “Mona Hatoum, studio visit.”
If you are in Montréal in October, there is an interesting series of mapping activities that are going on at the gallery Articule (actually the activities started in September…).
In a series of workshops held at the centre, participants will be encouraged to reflect on notions of social cartography –socio-demographics, urban development, the places we reside in and appropriate, places of memory, places not represented by traditional maps. The aim of the project is to inspire people to think creatively about cultural and artistic spaces, what they represent in daily life, and what the notion of neighbourhood means today.
Even if you missed it this year, you might be able to psrticipate next year since this is supposed to be a yearly activity.
Thanks to Cecilia Chen for point me to this art and community mapping activity.
The book “Mapping Environmental Issues in the City: Arts & Cartography Cross-Perspectives” has now been published by Springer. This book compiles the different contributions from the workshop that we (the commission on Art & Cartography) organized in Montreal in September 2010. We would like to thank all the persons who have contributed to make this project happen.
This book complements the growing body of literature exploring the relationships between arts and cartography . It is distinct from the previous ones by its main focus: The multiple ways of representing a database. In the context of the exponential increase of the volume of geospatial data available, addressing this issue becomes critical and has not yet received much attention. Furthermore, the content of the database – environmental issues in the city – gives a strong social and political texture to the project.
The BALANCE-UNBALANCE conference will seek to develop an interdisciplinary approach in order to “deeper awareness and creating lasting intellectual working partnerships in solving our global environmental crisis” (ambitious program…).
Among the different activities proposed, there will be a session entitled Mapping environmental issues from above & from the ground. “Building on a previous workshop entitled “Mapping Environmental Issues: Arts and Cartography Cross-perspectives” (http://mappingworkshop.wordpress.com), this session aims to bring together scientists, artists, practitioners and students interested in mapping environmental issues from different perspectives, using different (and unconventional) approaches.”
Deadline for submitting abstracts: Aug. 2nd, 2011 (more details here)
International Cartographic Conference, 2011 Paris
Experimental workshop „Art & Cartography“
Exploring visible and invisible borders in Paris – a dialogic walk with cartographers and artists
Monday, july 4th, 5pm – 10pm
Meeting point: Palais de Congrès, Porte Maillot (exact meeting point will be announced soon)
During an experimental journey through the nearby neighbourhoods of Paris, cartographers from various countries and Paris based artists (for example: dancers, actors, textile designers, architects, painters etc.) will solve together a creative task and hence enjoy a hopefully intense exchange of ideas along the way. Both fields – the arts and cartography – will contribute to a sharpining of different reception modes while walking and driving through Paris’ urban space.
Mixed groups of cartographers and artists will be send out to places and areas where invisible and visible borders, limits, ruptures of the Paris topography can be witnessed (inspired by Eric Hazan’s wonderful book “The Invention of Paris. A History told in footsteps”, 2002).
For that purpose three different parcours will be prepared and a folder with quotations, hints and maps along with some tools and devices for the documentation process will be provided.
Around 8pm the groups are supposed to gather in LA RUCHE (a co-working space at 84, Quai de Jemmapes: http://www.la-ruche.net). There, a series of largely plotted maps of the given areas is prepared, so that the sketches, notes, photos, objects can be arranged and labelled in the sense of a collage.
Some food and wine will be offered. A professional photographer accompanies the activities of this experimental workshop and will provide the participants with a selection of pictures afterwards. The participants of the workshop will get a list of contact details in case they wish to stay in touch with each other for further meetings.
Number of participants is limited: Please register via: email@example.com
The map displayed above is the Nouveau Plan de Paris divisé en 20 Arrondissements (1860, drawn by Charles Smith). Each arrondissement is carefully hand tinted in a different pastel colour. A subsequent owner drew in lines indicating the placement of the new, wider boulevards (planned by Baron Haussmann). The map reflects Haussmann’s power and determination as he remodelled Paris from a medieval city to a modern one (copy of University of Illinois, Chicago).
Here is the latest version of the program of the workshop that will take place on July 2nd, 2011 in Paris at the Institute of geography – 191 rue Saint Jacques, Paris 6e (Room: 316 Third floor). This workshop is a joint event organized by the Commission on Maps and Society & Working Group on Art and Cartography of the International Cartographic Association (ICA)
Mapping Processes and Practices:
Arts, Maps and Society
July 2nd, 2011
PARIS – Institute of geography
9.15 – 9.30 – INTRODUCTION (Sébastien Caquard) (room 316)
9.30 – 10.20 – Session I – WHAT IS A MAP? (room 316)
– When is and what makes, a map a map?, Laurene Vaughan
– Constant reterritorialization using mappings as boundary objects: a study into the life-cycle of maps in collaborative spatial planning, Linda Carton
10.20 – 10.50 – COFFEE BREAK (room 405)
10.50 – 12.05 – Session II: COMMUNITY MAPPING (room 316)
– The potential role of provisioning park managers with a collaborative, geo-oriented data resource to support decision-making, Monique Elsley
– The Impact of Scale on Participatory Mapping Practice and Outcome, Steve Cinderby
– Public problems and Web mapping: towards a new public participation? Jean-Christophe Plantin
12.05 – 13.15 – LUNCH BREAK (room 405)
13.15 – 14.30 – Session III – EMPOWERING OTHERS (room 412)
– “It’s hard to know nothing about my home.” Participatory mapping and the re-membering of a nation, Jon Corbett
– Reconciliatory Ethics in the Project to Create the Cybercartographic Atlas of the Lake Huron Treaty Relationship Process, Stephanie Pyne and D. R. F. Taylor
– Mapping Across Borders: Online Collaboration, Social Networking and Micro Volunteering, Michael Martin
14.30 – 15.45 – Session IV – ALTERNATIVE MAPPING I (Practices) (room 412)
– Mapping Historical Spatial Data: A Case Study of the Spatial History of Cinema Venues, Alwyn Davidson
– LAND. HERE. a subjective cartography of Fox Glacier, Chris Cottrell
– Mapping on the go: Playing and navigation in location-based games, Sybille Lammes
15.45 – 16.15 – TEA BREAK (room 405)
16.15 – 17.05 – Session IV – ALTERNATIVE MAPPING II (Theory) (room 412)
– The map and the mobile body: process and representation in GPS art practices, Gavin MacDonald
– Vernacular mappings: affect, virtuality, performance, Joe Gerlach
17.05 – 17.20 – CONCLUDING REMARKS (Chris Perkins)
For more details, please contact:
Sébastien Caquard (firstname.lastname@example.org) or
Chris Perkins (email@example.com)
This is not a new project, but in case you have missed it (like us) when it was released a couple of years ago, you may want to take a look at it. The Mapping the Republic of Letters project developed at Stanford presents an interactive mapping application offering different ways of visualizing the relationships between the origins and destinations of thousands of letters mailed throughout Europe during the early modern period (1500-1800). This on-going interdisciplinary project definitely reflects the humanist culture that characterized the early modern period it represents. It could definitely be a stimulating source of inspiration for anybody interested in mapping (social) networks.