What is Contemporary Art Actually Mapping?
The article, titled “What Is Contemporary Art Actually Mapping?” is a very interesting read. It certainly expanded my thoughts of exactly what a map does. It dissects the definition of what a map is and takes all of the elements and applies it to other means. I thought the most interesting part was Paisley Rekdal’s mapping of Salt Lake City through the stories of her students. It gives the viewers a whole new sense of what’s where, as well as some of the history of the town, and the town’s people.
Nato Thompson, Geography as Art
This article highlighted the effects that we have on the world around us, and then, how the world around us shapes us as a whole, and labeling the manipulation of the medium of mapping as “experimental geography.” The reading goes into even more depth and talks about how not only does the world shape us, but that our behaviors are a result of the world around us, and how we move through it. This goes on to another conclusion through the works of Walter Benjamin and Michel de Certeau about the city road expansion in Paris under Napoleon III and its pedestrians of the time, who reaches the conclusion that culture is produced through space, and how space, inversely, can create new cultural changes.
West Wing – Why are we Changing Maps
This was a very interesting video. It highlighted the influence of size of countries on their citizens, as well as outside citizens. The results were that maps indicated as having a bigger physical size, made the citizens feel as though their country was more important. And that smaller, third-world countries were ultimately, insignificant. Ultimately, they decide to change the maps, in order to create a bigger sense of equality amongst the observing citizens.
University of California Press Interview with Rebecca Solnit
This audio-log with Rebecca Solnit deals with how humans perceive physical pictures, rather than words. One of the examples she used was the murders of 99 people in San Francisco. Rather than telling the readers where they were, she created a map of the city with marked places where all of the murders have taken place. Altogether, all of the collective marks gave the appearance of a shotgun-spread buckshot. She says that this method is nor only more effective to understanding the inhumane nature of the murders, but was also created a more immediate understanding. The viewers could understand much quicker seeing the map, rather than reading 99 descriptions.