November 27, 2006

Cyber-cartographies collective (transferred from old blog)

Filed under: critical cartography — ubikcan @ 11:31 am

The Critical Spatial Practice blog gives an interesting overview of a cartographic activism group known as the counter-cartographies collective.

This group is based in North Carolina, and describe themselves as working with maps and cartographic practices to explore the links between the economy, art, community and mapping. An interesting project they completed recently is a new kind of campus map, apparently given to all incoming freshmen, called the “disOrientation Guide.”

In their words:

The map details UNC’s local and global ties, decentering the notion of the university as “ivory tower” and positing overlapping and conflicting notions of UNC as “… a functioning body,” “… a factory,” “… producing your world”. The map also contains gobs of useful information about courses offered at UNC, interesting community groups, even coffee shops!

While a little long on academia-speak, I’m amused by the idea of a map that challenges people’s perceptions before they even have a chance to form! Click the zoomify version below to read the text of this unusual campus map.


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