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Close Up at a Distance: Mapping, Technology, and Politics
The maps in this book are drawn with satellites, assembled with pixels radioed from outer space, and constructed from statistics; they record situations of intense conflict and express fundamental transformations in our ways of seeing and of experiencing space. These maps are built with Global Positioning Systems (GPS), remote sensing satellites, or Geographic Information ...more
Hardcover, 228 pages
Published March 1st 2013 by Zone Books
(first published February 15th 2013)
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I think I was expecting this book to be a broader look at the history and politics of satellite imagery. Instead, it's more like a series of case studies from the author's own museum installations. That said, there is some interesting history touched on in those case studies. ...more
This book reads a lot like an expanded exhibition catalog: each chapter focuses on one project from Laura Kurgan's work in mapping and data visualization over about two decades. Along with images from the projects, the chapters contain the original text displayed or distributed with them at museums as well as a preface by Kurgan reflecting on the project in 2012. It's not very heavy on analysis or theory, so head's up: this book isn't too useful as a theoretical reference on space, mapping, and ...more
I picked up this book after reading a fascinating review about it in bookforum. This book is essentially collection of articles that spans 2 decades by the author. Most are interesting, but overall the articles feel dated. More discussion on the future and current mapping/geography trends would have freshened up the collection.