Thursday, May 6, 2004

Thinking out loud about maps and territories and time

I've been thinking a lot recently about the relationship between maps and territories. Especially considering that mobile technologies are making it easier to map real-time movements through physical space. In other words, I'm wondering how maps and territories may be sliding together.

Tangents/Trajectories:

BBC Radio 4 - Thinking Allowed Jan 2003 - Maps

"The dimension of time has been shattered, we cannot love or think except in fragments of time, each of which goes off along its own trajectory and immediately disappears."

- Calvino, If On A Winter's Night A Traveller

I've also been a little preoccupied with time - as in, it does no good to speak of space if we do not speak of time. Rob's paper, Visualicity, takes a look at the glance as a specifically temporal(ised) way of understanding urban spaces.

But I don't know where I'm going with this, yet.

Update: city|SPACE announces Urban Legends: The City in Maps, "an upcoming exhibition of maps in all their forms and meanings. The show will explore the idosyncratic ways in which we seek to understand the world around us, and in particular, the urban environment, with a visual record of our paths and patterns both literal and figurative." Now accepting submissions.

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