No 29 - Mapping Conflicts, 13th of January, 2016
"Maps have become an increasingly active and explicit part of everyday life, particularly in a world where the possibilities for (re)production of graphic images have multiplied. Reality can be viewed in different ways, it just depends on whose eye, from which viewpoint, and the interests underlying their observations and actions." (Leeke Rijnders).
What is the role of maps and the activity of mapping in a world that is more and more dealing with conflicts? How can maps help us to get a better understanding and is mapping in itself a political activity? Furthermore, technological developments also make it more difficult to achieve a single and dominant viewpoint. Information travels fast and there are plenty of advanced techniques available for the creation and manipulation of maps. Maps themselves have also become more flexible. They're in our minds, in the car, on our mobile phone. What is the role of maps and mapping in a world that is facing conflicts?
What is the role of maps and the activity of mapping in a world that is more and more dealing with conflicts? How can maps help us to get a better understanding and is mapping in itself a political activity?
About the speakers
Naomi Bueno de Mesquita
Jan Rothuizen published in 2009 The Soft Atlas of Amsterdam, a collection of hand-drawn maps of the city he grew up in. Since 2009 he makes monthly reportage drawings for the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant.
His way of working is described as a form of echolocation – his presence has an impact on his environment, but the surroundings change him as well.
His most recent project, Refugree republic (in collaboration with Submarine) explores everday life in Camp Domiz in Iraq. The project has been awarded for the Dutch Design Awards.
Studio Joost Grootens designs books and information graphics on complex issues. A specialty is the design of maps and atlases. In recent years SJG designed maps on the prevention of conflicts (Atlas of the New Dutch Water Defense Line, 2009), conflicts in spatial planning (A Land Never, Venice Architecture Biennial 2012) and the conflict between the Allied forces and IS (Süddeutsche Zeitung, 2015). Joost Grootes is head of the Master Information Design and PhD Candidate at the University of Leiden.
Leeks is an anthropologist at TU Delft, who loves to explore new ways of thinking, sensing and doing the city. In his research and publications he focuses on the intersections between theories of the city, anthropological fieldwork and practices of urban design and (interior)architecture.. He has a strong interest is in narrative cartography and tutors the practice of mapping at DAE.
Naomi Bueno de Mesquita is a researcher in the European research programme TRADERS where she looks at the social implications and potentials of digital technologies in mapping. The research in Multiple Performative Mapping explores performative digital mapping as method for participation in the construction of public places.