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An Atlas of Radical Cartography
An Atlas of Radical Cartography makes an important contribution to a growing cultural movement that traverses the boundaries between art, cartography, geography and activism. It pairs writers with artists, architects, designers and collectives to address the role of the map as political agent (rather than neutral document). Ten mapping projects dealing with social and poli ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Journal of Aesthetics & Protest Press
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Interesting series of essays on various counter mapping projects -- counter mapping, if you're not familiar with the term, being mapmaking repurposed for usually political or activist agenda, the idea behind it being that maps are ordinarily subjective documents with agendas, usually made by those in positions of power, that masquerade as objective fact. Much of the content is preaching to the choir, but it's all about how the information is presented, and a lot of that is very interesting. Some ...more
An intriguing introduction to cartography-as-activism and the 'radical cartography' movement. The Atlas comes as two boxed items: a collection of essays and ten accompanying maps. Each map is done to illustrate a particular point, and the quality varies. (And, yes, the lack of proofreading/spell-checking in the maps is annoying) The maps demonstrate some particular political issue--- clusters of surveillance cameras in Manhattan, CIA 'rendition' flights, 'unauthorised' settlements in the Calcutt ...more
"Radical" or "subversive" cartography is a niche field that I got interested in during grad school and wrote one paper on. This is a pretty good intro to several threads of discussion in the area. The problem I would highlight is that "radical cartography" is of marginal use as a field unto itself. Mapping is powerful in different fields for different reasons: in literary studies, it is an alternative critical method; in history, it is a useful way to look at power relations; in urban planning a ...more