Sunday, December 23, 2012
In this map I wanted to explore the concept of non-being-places. Normally we orient ourselves first of all by locating ourselves on a map, then the map makes sense. It's all about where you are. But what if we change that point, what if your first reference is always a place where you are not, what if you locate yourself using the distance between this place and you?
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Sunday, December 9, 2012
THE MEANING BEYOND PARTICULAR FORMS
For a good many years, researchers in the field of reading and linguistics approached the problem of the acquisition of knowledge from printed symbols with the idea that meaning was assembled on a unit-by-unit basis in linear sequence. One began with small units, such as letters and words, and then built up to the larger units of sentences and paragraphs.
But while this view has been essentially discarded, a replacement has not yet been completely worked out. A new view does see the eye-brain interaction as not necessarily linear, but rather complex, and utilizing processes that allow the apprehension of the visual stimuli of printed text at several levels simultaneously. Meaning seems to come from an all-at-once grasp of the relation of the stimulus to the reader's previous knowledge structures, rather than from a bit-by-bit build up. We have all had the experience of glancing at a paragraph or page in order to quickly derive meaning, with no recollection whatever of individual letters, words, or sentences. Meaning goes beyond particular forms.
COLLECTIVE MAP VS INDIVIDUAL
A comment made by Bertrand Russell made me think; "Scientific knowledge aims at being wholly impersonal and tries to state what has been discovered by the collective intellect of mankind. It is important for cartographers to understand this distinction between individual and collective intellect."
This time the challenge was to destroy this old division between individual and collective intellect. I want to generate a map made by the perception of a collective but mixing it with my own subjective point of view. First I generate my own perceptive map, one thing of Milan that catches my attention is that in every corner it have a gate. I want to make a personal map of that gates and mix with the collective information. In order to construct a first collective perception of the places I use digital tools as Google Adwords, Gephi, Cytoscape and I start analizing phisical places as if it were virtual places, by number of likes, searchs and virtual visitors.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
The growth of monocentric cities, such as Milano, through ever-growing radial rings, is thought and described mainly as a centrifugal process. It brings a radial shapes to the maps. The external boundaries of the city, suddenly became unrecognizable, are the object and the main issue in the debate on its expansion. To describe its nature, the term “endless city” has been invented. Using destruction as a constructive agent here, we can see how the rings can bring a full new geography to the city.
Monday, December 3, 2012
Friday, November 30, 2012
One of the excercise we did in order to understand how the people percive the city, was ask different people to draw how they concive Milan in a basic scheme on a book. After looking all these shapes I wanted to create a shape that could cover all of them, found a mother shape that can describe the visual collective perception of the city.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Bertrand Russell puts it this way: The first thing to notice is that different senses have different spaces. The space of sight is quite different from the space of touch; it is only by experience in infancy that we learn to correlate them. The one space into which both kinds of sensations fit is an intellectual construction, not a datum.
After reading this words I start researching about how you can mix the cartographics maps I had done before with this new way to see the space. How was posible to isolate the different space sense in a graphic way.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Psychogeography, in the words of Guy Debord, is "the study of the precise laws and the exact effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, based on their direct influence on the emotions and behavior of individuals". Thus, for the father of situationism, there are sad and happy places, as leading to atheist or monotheist places. This claim invite me to generate new ways to make cartography as a way to explain this concepts.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
The meaning of maps is consequential spatial arrangement; it is the fact that objects isolated in real perceptual experience are not important. Cartographers are not concerned with the nature of objects per se, but rather with a particular set of relations among those objects. The reader must reconstruct these relations in his mind for the map to have meaning.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
It is difficult to "picture" knowledge if it indeed lacks form as this conception suggests. Yet a simple cartographic illustration of how knowledge exists without specific form should clarify the situation. ¥e may know where certain places are, or how certain areas are arranged, even though we have not actually seen them and have only derived such knowledge from maps. Yet if we were asked to escribe the graphic characteristics of the maps from which we derived the knowledge, it is unlikely that we would be able to recall line weights, type styles, or colors. Yet we know the relations that were depicted, regardless of the form of the original marks. Once we assimilated those marks and converted them into tacit knowledge, they lost their form. However, we can retain the relations of interest to us, that is, the structures of the maps from which they were obtained.
Barbara Petchenik,Cognition in Cartography, Newberry Library