Screening “Unmappable” in Rio

Originally posted on Art & Cartography:

Poster_Unmappable_MDMD_Rio2015The Art & Cartography commission will be pretty active at the 27th International Cartographic Conference in Rio. We are organizing A workshop entitled Mapping Ephemeralities / Ephemeral Cartographies (Aug. 21-22, 2015) +  a few paper sessions + our commission meeting on August 25th (17:20 to 18:30) + a film screening.

Indeed, following a tradition started in 2009, this year we will be screening “Unmappable” a 20 min. documentary directed by Diane Hodson and Jasmine Luoma, that presents an original perspective on the life of the most famous (and controversial) contemporary critical cartographer: Denis Wood. This “thought-provoking and disturbing” documentary (as described by Wired) has received several awards in film festivals. This screening will be preceded by the world premiere of a short collective film entitled “Let’s get lost.” This “cartomentary” is about the secret development of a multimentional mapping device designed to map fictional places…


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DIY Utopia: Floating Cities, Crowdfunding, Disruptive Technologies

Originally posted on alien ecologies:


J.G. Ballard believed that our surveillance society of unfreedom would soon lead its citizens into the dangerous territory of personal and collective forms of psychopathology ‘in order to enlarge the scope of their lives and imaginations’.1

The future is no longer a fictional site for your dreams, instead in our time the future is nothing more than a DIY Toolkit for your psychopathological dreams: a crowdfunding enterprise for building experimental utopias among the ruins of global capital.

Nicole Sallak Anderson tells us that for any technologically advanced society to move forward and truly become a technically and socially sustainable, we must change the story of our lives from competition to collaboration. She also lists the aspects of such a successful transition will entail universal access to information; decentralization of food, healthcare, education, currency, and manufacturing; decoupling of work and personal definition; universal basic income; servant leadership; and a participatory and cosmopolitan democratariat.


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“Through A Window” application of Rhythmanalysis at SFU

Originally posted on Society for Radical Geography, Spatial Theory, and Everyday Life:

An exhibit at Simon Fraser University is exploring the application of Lefebvre’s rhythmanalysis in art! “Curated by Melanie O’Brian and Amy Kazymerchyk, Through A Window traces the history of art at SFU of the past 50 years. The inspiration behind the project stems from Henri Lefebvre’s book Rhythmanalysis (1992), particularly the chapter “Seen from the Window,” which allows us to consider three social, spatial, and material windows of SFU, and explore different rhythms since SFU’s inception in 1965.

Lefebvre’s method of rhythmanalysis begins with observing the rhythms of the body and how they are impacted by the natural and synthetic rhythms of the economies and cultures we live within, which in turn produces social practices and public spaces.

‘It is such a big idea, and SFU is a portal,’ explained Melanie O’Brian, the director of SFU Galleries. “Here we can look at those big and small rhythms in a…

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Psychitecture? Dig it, baby!

Originally posted on Architecture Here and There:

John Lautner's Sheat's Goldstein's House, diagnosed with apostrovitis. (Rachel Medvald.) John Lautner’s Sheat’s Goldstein’s House, diagnosed with apostrovitis. (Rachel Medvald.)

Psychitecture is one of those coinages enabled by the word architecture. The word psychotecture springs immediately to mind, and there’s a blog called Architorture, which is brilliant, except that it is by a coed, Celina, at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo who is bored to death by her experience at its school of architecture. Don’t go there. (I mean the blog, which is kaput, not the school; to avoid the latter goes without saying.) Members of TradArch will be toying with psychitecture for the next several decades.

Rachel Melvald and her couch. ( Rachel Melvald and her couch. (

Architect magazine, mouthpiece of the AIA, ran a piece in 2011 called “How Common Is Your Type?” about the psychological traits of architects. The introductory text ran: “When a leadership consultant reviewed the Myers-Briggs tests of 100 architects, he discovered there really is an…

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André Luiz Mesquita | Dissenting Maps: Propositions on a World in Crisis (1960-2010)

Originally posted on Making Maps: DIY Cartography:

Cover of dissertation

André Luiz Mesquita’s dissertation (in Portuguese), Mapas Dissidentes: Proposições Sobre um Mundo em Crise (1960-2010), (Dissenting Maps: Propositions on a World in Crisis, 1960-2010), looks at the maps and diagrams of artists and activists from 1960 to 2010, all working in social, political, and economic contexts of crisis and change, conflict and various forms of resistance. He approaches the work of three generations of artists through an analysis of endless documents, catalogs, manifestos, articles, photographs, documentaries, art works, reproductions of maps, and interviews.

Mesquita begins by examining the games and maps created in the 1960s and ’70s by the Swedish-Brazilian artist, Öyvind Fahlström (1928-1976), made under the geopolitical tensions of the Cold War (1947-1991) and the structural and organizational changes in global capitalism of the 1970s.

Öyvind Fahlström's World Map

Öyvind Fahlström’s World Map

He then turns to the work of the American artist, Mark Lombardi (1951-2000), who, in the 1990s, mapped international…

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Deep, Thick, Playful Mapping: a Spatial/GeoHumanities Reading List for Beginners

Originally posted on Visualizing Medieval Places:

Some of the participants in my Spatial Humanities and Digital Mapping workshop at the Digital Humanities Institute – Beirut in March 2015 asked for a reading list to begin to learn more about the field.  Since I am interested in literature, the list has a literary slant.  Here goes…

All online materials last consulted: 9 April 2015.  Last update of the bibliography: 15 April 2015.  Feel free to make suggestions!

Alves, Daniel and Ana Isabel Queiroz. “Exploring Literary Landscapes: From Texts to Spatiotemporal Analysis Through Collaborative Work and GIS,” IJHAC 9.1 (2015): 57-73. Web.

Daniels, Stephen and Dydia DeLyser. Envisaging Landscapes and Making Worlds: Geography and the Humanities (London: Routledge, 2011). Print.

Bodenhamer, David J., John Corrigan and Trevor M. Harris. Spatial Humanities: GIS and the Future of Humanities Scholarship (Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2010). Print.

—. Deep Maps and Spatial Narratives (Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2015). Print.

Dear, Michael, Jim…

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