Terms of Reference

The Art & Cartography Commission’s current goals:

  • Advance the field of artistic and experimental cartographies, including but not limited to such subfields as narrative cartography, cinematic cartography, sensory and phenomenological approaches to mapping, locative media, performative and performance-based cartographies, and media archaeological and other research-creation or practice-led processes.
  • Facilitate, through workshops and special events, interdisciplinary collaborations and exchanges of ideas and practices amongst diverse practitioners and theorists to promote the development of hybrid cartographic practices, from arts and digital humanities to social and geo-sciences.
  • Produce new forms of knowledge on mapping, space and place theory, location and spatial studies, as well as new cartographic expressions.
  • Promote creative research and scholarly publication on art and cartography in all of its aspects, to both an academic audience (special issues of journals and edited collections) and to the general public (websites, screenings, exhibitions).
  • Explore alternative avenues of publication as research-creation documentations and experimentations.
  • Hold bi-annual meetings, in conjunction with the International Cartographic Conference.
  • Abide by the ICA directory, which includes outreach to developing countries when requested and possible, coordination with other ICA commissions or other international organizations when possible and advantageous, and to support equity-seeking groups to take active roles in professional activities.

3 thoughts on “Terms of Reference

  1. I was triggered by my fellow countryman and satellite artist Aquil Copier to check out your site. Although Aquil paints with different techniques and indeed different underlying ideas, Like Aquil I use Google Earth as a source of inspiration as well as a tool to go places. My work is very much related to the changing Earth. So climate change and destruction of habitats are the main themes of what I call Google Earth Art. On my blog you can follow my work in progress, my exhibitions and ideas: http://www.googleearthart.blogspot.com
    I’ve always admired the work of cartographers, and I still buy maps wherever I go (no Tom Tom for me!). I tend to think of my work as “emotional landscapes”. Reality is definitely at the base of it all, but my mood is likely to change or exaturate colours, and sometimes I just let my big brush go wild…. Wouldt’t you guys like to leg go just now and then?

  2. Greetings,
    I’m quite interested in your site as I am a cartographer creating art. I’ve contributed my mapping/GIS skills to artists in the past and am presently creating my own style of neighborhood map for Brooklyn, NY, through photographic collage, video and illustration. I will be posting these maps soon to my website but if you would like to see some examples email me and I’ll send you some examples.

    I would love to be a part of this association and contribute to this very fascinating and important discussion about art and cartography.

    All of the Best,

  3. I am quite excited when I chanced upon this site. Happy to note several like-minds. I work and learn with a bunch of undergrads of Geography students in a small suburban college in a densely populated small city of Trivandrum in the Southern most state of Kerala in India. I try to integrate learning cartography with local governance (check this out: http://www.itc.nl/Pub/in2010/Mar2010/GIS_education_reaching_grassroots_India.html).
    I am currently working on territorial claims nations make and UN endorse and how that impacts the livelihoods of the small artisanal fishing communities around the world… quite an ambitious plan.
    I am looking forward to hearing from the members of ICA and hopes to visit this often.

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