Cover Date: March 2016
First issue of new online journal
Livingmaps Review explores map making as a democratic medium for visual artists, writers, social researchers and community activists. The journal has its roots in the highly successful series of seminars, walks and learning events presented by the Livingmaps network over the past two years across London. Many of the contributions to the first issue are drawn from material presented at those events.
LMR crosses boundaries between the arts, humanities and sciences, and also between professional and amateur mapmakers. We encourage the use of experimental audio-visual, interactive and graph- ic formats and especially welcome contributions from younger and unpublished contributors.
The journal will document and disseminate innovative and participatory forms of cartography, opening up new spaces of debate and making visible what is hidden or erased by conventional mapping.
Highlights of the first issue include Phil Cohen on critical cartography and the struggle for a just city; Jerry White on Charles Booth’s maps; Andrew Motion talking about his poem ‘Discovering Geographies’; Jerry Brotton on the relationship between poetry and mapping; Kei Miller reading from his award winning collection ‘The cartographer tries to map a way to Zion’, also reviewed in this issue; plus maps by artists Emma McNally and Stephen Walter.
The journal has five sections. Navigations carries longer scholarly articles about key issues in cartographic theory and practice. Waypoints has shorter, more experimental pieces. Lines of Desire explores the cartographic imaginary in literature, performance and the physical arts. Mapworks is a gallery in which contemporary visual artists exhibit and comment on their work. There is also a review section for books, exhibitions, and events.
Forthcoming themed issues will focus on indigenous cartography and smart cities.
The journal will come out twice a year in Spring and Autumn. The editorial team brings together leading academics, artists and activists drawn from a range of disciplines, backgrounds and perspectives.
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