Maps as Media: Sketching Out the Syllabus


As I mentioned back in March, I’m transforming my old “Urban Media Archaeology” studio (2010 – 2013) into a new map-related graduate studio — “Maps as Media” — for the fall. I’ve been studying maps for quite some time, but over the past few months, in preparation for this class, I added a whole mess of new mapping-related resources to my reading list. I ended up reading and exploring tons of resources that won’t make it into the class-proper, but will undoubtedly inform our discussions and exercises. And just last week, after months of (characteristic) over-preparation, I finalized a draft of the syllabus — and I had the privilege of workshopping that syllabus with the bright and generous fellows at at the Digital Cultures Research Lab at Leuphana University, in Lüneburg, Germany, where I was a scholar-in-residence for a few weeks this summer.

I post it here, in the hopes that others will offer feedback: recommendations for additional resources, possible assignments or exercises, potential guest presenters or field trips, etc. And I’m happy to say, as of mid-July, that it’s already won some high praise from some discerning folks, for which I’m super-grateful:

**What follows is a draft syllabus. You’ll find the final syllabus on the course website, here.** 

Maps as Media

Fall 2015: Tuesdays 4 to 6:45pm
Course website address to come

Maps reveal, delineate, verify, orient, navigate, anticipate, historicize, conceal, persuade, and, on occasion, even lie. From the earliest maps in cave paintings and on clay tablets, to the predictive climate visualizations and crime maps and mobile cartographic apps of today and tomorrow, maps have offered far more than an objective representation of a stable reality. In this hybrid theory-practice studio we’ll examine the past, present, and future – across myriad geographic and cultural contexts – of our techniques and technologies for mapping space and time. In the process, we’ll address various critical frameworks for analyzing the rhetorics, poetics, politics, and epistemologies of spatial and temporal maps. Throughout the semester we’ll also experiment with a variety of critical mapping tools and methods, from techniques of critical cartography to sensory mapping to time-lining, using both analog and digital approaches. Course requirements include: individual map critiques; lab exercises; individual final critical-creative projects in a format of each student’s choosing; and small-group projects completed in collaboration with NYPL Labs and the NYPL Map Division, in support of their work on the Knight Foundation-funded Space/Time Directory (?).

Your Contributions:


We want to make sure we get the most out of our discussions, and that we benefit from one another’s expertise and experience in developing our individual projects. Thus, we need everyone to show up regularly, on time, and prepared – i.e., having both completed the assigned reading and any mapping exercises. You will be permitted two excused absences (“excused” means that you must have contacted me prior to class to inform me of your absence) for the semester. Additional excused absences – and any unexcused absences – will negatively affect your grade. More than three absences, excused or unexcused, will result in failure of the course; if you anticipate needing to miss several classes, you are advised to drop the course. A pattern of late arrivals is likewise detrimental.

I do not require you to complete weekly reading responses, simply because your work on the individual and group projects should keep you plenty busy. That said, I still do encourage you to take time before class to annotate the weekly readings, abstract them, and reflect on how they contribute to your understanding of the overarching themes of the course and to your own research and making process.


We’ll dedicate some time in most of our classes to presenting and critiquing several (canonical/ exemplary/ experimental/ overwrought/ elegant/ etc.) maps in a variety of formats, to see what they do right and wrong, what they illuminate and obfuscate, how they integrate form and content effectively and poorly, and what lessons we can take away from them and apply, or avoid, in our own projects.

Each of you will post and publicly present one map critique – ideally, of a map that pertains both to the week’s theme and to your semester project. On the course website we’ll maintain a far-from-comprehensive-but-hopefully-provocative “road map” of relevant mapping projects, from which you’re welcome to choose; you’re also welcome to go “off-list” in proposing your own case study. Please consult with the other presenters for the week to work out who’s chosen which projects.

Your ten-minute presentation should consist of two parts: (1) a critique and (2) a critical-creative application prototype. The critique should focus on a single mapping project and should employ some of the critical tools and criteria we discuss in Week 3. Your application is a critical-creative attempt to apply to your own research project the same effective and/or ineffective techniques used in the map you’ve critiqued. You might choose to exaggerate the failures of that map by creating a parody – or you might choose to blend in helpful features from some of the other maps in the atlas in order to generate mapping techniques that might aid in your own work. Be sure to identify what projects inspired you and why, and how and where we can see those projects’ influence in your map. Your application can take virtually any form and format – from a quilted map to a hand-dissected map to an audio map. Keep in mind that this is only a prototype – a rough sketch, a maquette, a “napkin drawing”; we’re more concerned in this context with the ideas behind your project than with your execution.

Before class on your presentation day, please post your 600- to 900-word text – which should encompass both your critique and the explanation of your application exercise – along with documentation of your application, to our class website. In class, you’ll have 10 to 12 minutes for your presentation; please save five of those minutes for discussion. And please be sure to have presentation media loaded/booted/hung/distributed before class begins so we can start on time. Your review is worth 20% of your final grade.


At the beginning of the semester you should begin to think about a fluid, capacious research topic that you’d like to explore through the maps you create over the course of the semester. Ideally, this topic will pertain to projects you’re exploring in your other classes or a thesis project, to a “through-line” you’ve pursued throughout the program, or to work you’re doing in your extracurricular life. You’ll need to submit a 600-word proposal for this project, via Google Drive, before class on September 15. This proposal should include (1) a topic description, problem statement, or research question; (2) a discussion of your topic’s personal relevance, larger critical significance, timeliness, etc.; (3) a preliminary discussion of how your topic might lend itself to spatial/cartographic investigation (i.e., what can you learn by mapping it?); (4) a description of the geographic area(s) and scale(s) you plan to focus on in your maps; and (5) a tentative bibliography of at least seven sources (some scholarly publications, some popular publications, some precedent maps, etc.) that will likely prove useful in your research and practice. You’ll share your proposal in class, in an informal 5-minute presentation, on September 22.

Each of the maps you then create over the course of the semester should pertain to this topic and cumulatively represent myriad ways of illustrating or investigating your subject. You’ll begin developing three of these maps in our in-class labs, and your presentation of this work-in-progress during our in-class review sessions, which typically take place two weeks after each in-class lab, will account for 15% of your final grade.

You can then continue to develop these prototypes, or generate map ideas of your own. By the end of the semester, you should have a minimum of five completed maps, in at least three different “media formats” (e.g., hand-drawn, photographic, audio-based, online-interactive, etc.). You’ll then need to compile those maps into an atlas, which you can present in whatever format you choose (e.g., a book, a website, an installation, etc.), as long as you frame the contents as a cartographic set – as five “spatial variations on a theme.” You should make sure to offer some means of narratively or argumentatively navigating through your collection; generate connective threads between your individual maps; and provide critical/descriptive commentary reflecting on the unique medial qualities of each piece in the set (see, for example, how Annette Kim addresses the distinctive features of each map in her “Critical Cartography Primer,” pp. 113-145 of Sidewalk City). You’ll submit your project at the start of class on December 15, and during that class each student will deliver a 10- to 15-minute presentation of his/her work (details to come).

Required Texts:

All readings will be provided as pdfs on our course website. However, you’re invited to purchase copies of the following:

  • John Krygier and Denis Wood, Making Maps: A Visual Guide to Map Design for GIS, 2nd (New York: Guilford Press, 2011).
  • Shannon Mattern, Deep Mapping the Media City (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015).
  • John Pickles, A History of Spaces: Cartographic Reason, Mapping and the Geo-Coded World (New York: Routledge, 2004).

The following web resources are worth consulting regularly, too:

This course draws on insights and inspiration from four years’ worth of students in my “Urban Media Archaeology” studio – and is indebted to Jeremy Crampton’s Critical History of Cartography reader; Marisa Olson’s “Media Studies: Experimental Geography Reading List” (Rhizome, March 20, 2009); RISD’s Experimental Geography Research Cluster; Matthew Wilson’s “Critical GIS” graduate seminar; and Wilson’s “Critical and Social Cartography” course. I must also thank the fellows at the Digital Cultures Research Lab at Leuphana University, in Lüneburg, Germany, where I workshopped this syllabus in July 2015; as well as Karen Gregory and other friends and colleagues for their helpful recommendations.



Syllabus Review
Getting our Bearings

  • Robert W. Karrow, Jr., Introduction to James R. Ackerman & Robert W. Karrow, Jr., Eds., Maps: Finding Our Place in the World (Chicago: University of Chicago Press & The Field Museum, 2007): 1-12.
  • Aaron Reiss, “My 5 Favorite Maps: Bill RankinThe Atlantic CityLab (September 26, 2014). See also Bill’s top-10 list.

References & Inspiration: I’ll bring these books to class so we can look through them. I’ve also placed copies of all of these titles on reserve in the TNS Library; I encourage you to reference them throughout the semester.

  • Katharine Harmon, You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2004): maps of the body and spirit, maps of emotion and memory, maps of fictional places and cosmology, maps of air routes and stereotypes
  • David Macaulay, Underground (Boston; Houghton Mifflin, 1976).
  • Liza Mogel & Alexis Bhagat, Eds., An Atlas of Radical Cartography (Los Angeles: The Journal of Aesthetics Protest Press, 2008).
  • Hans Ulrich Obrist, Ed., Mapping It Out: An Alternative Atlas of Contemporary Cartographies (London: Thames & Hudson, 2014): cartographic artwork, classified by theme: redrawn territories, charting human life, scientia naturalis, invented worlds, and the unmappable
  • Seth Robbins and Robert Neuwirth, Mapping New York (London: Black Dog, 2009): maps of the city’s evolution and its services, travel maps, maps of the urban imagination
  • Rebecca Solnit, Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas (Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2010): maps of indigenous spaces, open spaces, post-industrial spaces, film locations, racial justice, butterfly habitats, shipyard sounds, murders, evictions, coffee, military-industrial think tanks, remembered identities, and more
  • Nato Thompson, Experimental Geography: Radical Approaches to Landscape, Cartography, and Urbanism (Brooklyn: Melville House, 2008).
  • Visual Editions, Ed., Where You Are: A Book Of Maps That Will Leave You Completely Lost (London: Visual Editions, 2013) [see also the lovely print edition]
  • Denis Wood and John Fels, The Natures of Maps: Cartographic Constructions of the Natural World (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008): 6-16, 26-28, 31-32.
  • Denis Wood, Everything Sings: Maps for a Narrative Atlas (Los Angeles: Siglio, 2010).



Field Trip: NYPL Map Division, 42nd St + 5th Ave, Room 117 (4-5pm)
The Mapping Revolution…

…Maybe Isn’t So Revolutionary?




Tools & Techniques for Critique

  • Jeremy Crampton, “What Is Critique?” In Mapping: A Critical Introduction to Cartography and GIS (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010): 13-21.
  • Mike Foster, “The Lost Art of Critical Map ReadingGraphicarto [blog pos]
    (February 27, 2014).
  • Shannon Mattern, “Critiquing Maps IIWords In Space [blog pos]
    (September 5, 2013).
  • Denis Wood, “At Least 10 Cartographic Codes” and “It’s Not a Simple Set of Rules” In Rethinking the Power of Maps (New York: Guilford Press, 2010): 80-5, 97-8.
  • Bill Rankin, “Redrawing the MapArchitecture Boston 18:2 (Summer 2015) [on the programmer as cartographer, and maps’ continued utility as argumentative media].
  • Andrew Wiseman, “When Maps LieThe Atlantic CityLab (June 24, 2015).
  • John Krygier and Denis Wood, “Ce n’est pas le monde (This Is Not the World)” [comic] In Rob Kitchin, Chris Perkins and Martin Dodge, Eds., Rethinking Maps: New Frontiers in Cartographic Theory (New York: Routledge, 2009): 189-219 [a hinge to next week’s discussion]…


  • Mark Denil, “Cartographic Design: Rhetoric and Persuasion” Cartographic Perspectives 45 (Spring 2003): 8-67.
  • B. Harley, “Maps, Knowledge, and Power” In Denis Cosgrove and Stephen Daniels, Eds., The Iconography of Landscape (Cambridge; Cambridge University Press, 1988)): 277-312.
  • Christian Jacob, The Sovereign Map: Theoretical Approaches In Cartography Throughout History, Tom Conley (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006 [1992]).
  • Robert Owens, “Mapping the City: Innovation and Continuity in the Chicago School of Sociology, 1920 – 1934” The American Sociologist 43:3 (September 2012): 264-293 + Maps of the Chicago School of Sociology
  • Bill Rankin, “Mapping Social Statistics: Race and Ethnicity in Chicago
  • Rankin’s Radical Cartography

Lab: Small-Group In-Class Map Critiques

hic sunt dracones!
hic sunt dracones!


Guest: Bill Rankin (Skype 4-5pm)
Discuss Individual Project Proposals


  • Bruno Latour, “The Domestication of the Savage Mind” In Science in Action: How to Follow Scientists and Engineers Through Society (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1987): 215-219.
  • John Pickles, “What Do Maps Represent? The Crisis of Representation and the Critique of Cartographic Reason” and “Mapping and the Production of Social Identities” In A History of Spaces: Cartographic Reason, Mapping and the Geo-Coded World (New York: Routledge, 2004): 29-59, 126-33.
  • Sophia B. Liu & Leysia Palen, “The New Cartographers: Crisis Map Mashups and the Emergence of Neogeographic Practice” Cartographic and Geographic Information Science 37:1 (2010): 69-90 – focus on 72, 78-82, 86-9 [Where do our data come from, and how do we render them mappable?].

Frames, Borders, Gaps, Cuts & Boundaries

  • Peter Turchi, “A Wide Landscape of Snows” Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer (San Antonio: Trinity University Press, 2004): 27-71.
  • Berhard Siegert, “Exiting the Project” and “The Permanently Projected World” In Cultural Techniques: Grids, Filters, Doors, and Other Articulations of the Real (New York: Fordham University Press, 2015): 142-5.
  • Bill Rankin, “Cartography and the Reality of Boundaries” Perspecta 42 (Spring 2010): 42-45.
  • Luke O’Connell, “Dashed Lines and Dashed Hopes: The Downside of Google’s ‘Neutrality’Brown Political Review (May 9, 2014).
  • Janet Vertesi, “Mind the Gap: The London Underground Map and Users’ Representations of Urban Space” Social Studies of Science 38:1 (2008): 7-33 [a hinge to next week’s discussion]…


  • B. Harley, “Deconstructing the Map” Cartographica 26:2 (Summer 1989): 1-20.
  • Rob Kitchin, Justin Gleeson & Martin Dodge, “Unfolding Mapping Practices: A New Epistemology for Cartography” Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 38:3 (July 2013): 480-96.
  • Rob Kitchin, Chris Perkins and Martin Dodge, “Thinking About Maps” In Rethinking Maps: New Frontiers in Cartographic Theory (New York: Routledge, 2009): 2-25.
  • Manuel Lima, The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2014).
  • Bernhard Siegert, “The Map is the TerritoryRadical Philosophy 169 (September/October 2011): 13-6.
  • Denis Wood, “The Mathematical Transformation of the Object” In The Power of Maps (New York: Guilford Press, 1992): 56-61 [on projections].


  • Paul Carter, “Dark with Excess of Bright: Mapping the Coastlines of Knowledge” In Dennis Cosgrove, Ed., Mappings (London: Reaktion Books, 1999): 125-47.
  • Nicholas Jackson, “15 High-Profile Sites Google Doesn’t Want You to SeeThe Atlantic (June 21, 2011).
  • Aaron Rothman, with Mishka Henner, Daniel Leivick & Clement Valla, “Beyond Google EarthPlaces (May 2015).

Data Sources:

Kevin Lynch, cognitive mapping
Kevin Lynch, cognitive mapping


Guest: ?


  • Michel de Certeau, “Spatial Practices” In The Practice of Everyday Life (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1984): 100-134.
  • Fredric Jameson, Postmodernism, or The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism (New York: Verso, 1991): 49-54, 413-15 (?).
  • Kevin Lynch, “The City Image and Its Elements” In The Image of the City (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1960): 46-90.
  • Alberto Toscano & Jeff Kinkle, Cartographies of the Absolute (Washington, D.C.: Zero Books, 2015) [with companion website].
  • Denis Wood, Everything Sings: Maps for a Narrative Atlas (Los Angeles: Siglio, 2010).

Lab: You’ll cognitively map something (TBD) pertinent to your semester project, then reconceive that map in terms of plotted “data” and re-draft the map using Krygier & Woods’s recommendations for collecting, orienting, organizing, distorting data, and considerations regarding projections. We’ll discuss what’s gained and lost in the translation process.

Bill Bunge, Nuclear War Atlas
Bill Bunge, Nuclear War Atlas


  • Jeremy W. Crampton and John Krygier, “An Introduction to Critical Cartography” ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies 4:1 (2006): 11-33.
  • Denis Wood, Excerpts from “Counter-Mapping and the Death of Cartography” In Rethinking the Power of Maps (New York: Guilford Press, 2010): 120-129.
  • Dee Morris & Stephen Voyce, “William Bunge, the DGEI, & Radical CartographyJacket 2 (March 20, 2015).
  • Annette Kim, “Mapping the Unmapped” In Sidewalk City: Remapping Public Space in Ho Chi Minh City (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015): 84-149. See also
  • Nancy Lee Peluso, “Whose Woods Are These? Counter-Mapping Forest Territories in Kalimantan, Indonesia” Antipode 27:4 (1995): 383-406 [a hinge to next week’s discussion]…


  • Kate Crawford & Megan Finn, “The Limits of Crisis Data: Analytical and Ethical Challenges of Using Social and Mobile Data to Understand Disasters” GeoJournal (November 2014).
  • Lindsay Palmer, “Ushahidi at the Google Interface: Critiquing the ‘Geospatial Visualization of Testimony’” Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies 28:3 (2014): 342-56.
Cempoala map, via The Appendix
Cempoala map, via The Appendix


Discuss Cognitive Maps from Week 5

Map Critiques: up to three students present their map critiques


  • Mishuana Goeman, Mark My Words: Native Women Mapping Our Nations (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2013).
  • Illinois State Museum, Native American Mapping Traditions.
  • Malcolm Lewis, Ed., Cartographic Encounters: Perspectives on Native American Mapmaking and Map Use (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998).
  • Jeffrey Yoo Warren, “Grassroots Mapping: Tools for Participatory and Activist Cartography,” Masters Thesis, MIT, 2010.
  • Helen Watson, “Aboriginal-Australian MapsMaps Are Territories.
  • Denis Wood, “The Outside Critique: Indigenous Mapping” In Rethinking the Power of Maps (New York: Guilford Press, 2010): 129-142.


Guest: Someone from Mapzen (TBD)

  • John Krygier and Denis Wood, “The Big Picture of Map Design,” “The Inner Workings of Map Design,” “Map Symbolization,” “Words on Maps” and “Color on Maps” In Making Maps: A Visual Guide to Map Design for GIS, 2nd (New York: Guilford Press, 2011): 106-139, 170-243.
  • Maptime Resources + Tutorials
  • Mapbox
  • Mapzen
  • ESRI + ArcGIS + StoryMaps
  • Social Explorer



Optional, but highly recommended, field trip to the CartoDB offices in Bushwick, where we’ll take a tour with Andy Eschbacher, Map Scientist, who’ll also lead us through a mapping workshop. If this date doesn’t work for members of the class, we’ll consider Saturday October 24. Directions to come.



Guest: ?

Map Critiques: up to three students present their map critiques

  • John Pickles, “The Cartographic Gaze, Global Visions and Modalities of Visual Culture” and “Cyber-Empires and the New Cultural Politics of Digital Spaces” In A History of Spaces: Cartographic Reason, Mapping and the Geo-Coded World (New York: Routledge, 2004): 75-91, 145-75.
  • Laura Kurgan, “Mapping Considered as a Problem of Theory and Practice,” “Representation and the Necessity of Interpretation,” & “From Military Surveillance to the Public Sphere” In Up Close at a Distance: Mapping, Technology and Politics (New York: Zone Books, 2012): 9-54.
  • Alexis Madrigal, “How Google Builds Its Maps – and What It Means for the Future of EverythingThe Atlantic (September 5, 2012) [A more recent, yet less thorough, article on Google’s Ground Truth: Greg Miller, “The Huge, Unseen Operation Behind the Accuracy of Google MapsWired (December 8, 2014).]
  • Laura Bliss, “Who Owns the Digital Map of the World?The Atlantic’s CityLab (June 25, 2015).


  • Ryan Bishop, “Transparent Earth: The Autoscopy of Aerial Targeting and the Visual Geopolitics of the Underground” In Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth (Forensic Architecture, Sternberg Press, 2015): 580-90.
  • Mei-Po Kwan, “Feminist Visualization: Re-envisioning GIS as a Method in Feminist Geographic Research” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 94:2 (2002): 645-61.
  • Giorgia Lupi, Luca Simeone, Paolo Patelli and Salvatore Iaconesi, “Polyphonic Images of the Cities. Mapping New Human Landscapes through User-Generated Content,” Presented at the Northern World Mandate, Cumulus Helsinki Conference, Helsinki, 2012.
  • Lisa Parks, “Digging into Google Earth: An Analysis of ‘Crisis in Darfur’” Geoforum 40:4 (2009): 535-45.
  • Lisa Parks and James Schwoch, Eds., Down to Earth: Satellite Technologies, Industries, and Cultures (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2012).
  • Marianna Pavlovskaya & Kevin St. Martin, “Feminism and Geographic Information Systems: From a Missing Object to a Mapping Subject” Geography Compass 1:3 (2007): 583-606.
  • Aaron Rothman, with Mishka Henner, Daniel Leivick & Clement Valla, “Beyond Google EarthPlaces (May 2015).



Discuss Critical Mappings from Week 8

Map Critiques: up to three students present their map critiques

  • A. Cicero, “Deep MappingStanford University Multidisciplinary Teaching & Research (Fall 2006).
  • Skim through Karen E. Till, Ed., Mapping Spectral Traces [exhibition catalog] (Blacksburg, VA: Virginia Tech, 2010).
  • Shannon Mattern, Deep Mapping the Media City (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015).


  • Ian Biggs, “Deep Mapping as an ‘Essaying’ of Place,” Presented at “Writing” Seminar, Bartlett School of Architecture; reprinted on IanBiggs [blog pos]
    (July 9, 2010).
  • Adam Frampton, Jonathan D. Solomon & Clara Wong, Cities Without Ground: A Hong Kong Guidebook (ORO Editions, 2012).
  • Todd Presner, David Shepard & Yoh Kawano, HyperCites: Thick Mapping in the Digital Humanities (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press / metaLab Projects, 2014).
  • Martino Stierli, Las Vegas in the Rearview Mirror: The City in Theory, Photography, and Film (Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute, [2010] 2013): 109-190 [on photographic and filmic mapping in the VSB Yale Studio]
Kate McLean
Kate McLean


Guest: ?

Map Critiques: up to three students present their map critiques


  • Stuart C. Aitken & James Craine, “Affective GeovisualizationsDirections Magazine (2006) [on film and video games as conduits for affec]
  • William J. Broad, “A Rising Tide of Noise Is Now Easy to SeeNew York Times (December 10, 2012) + National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Cetacean & Sound Mapping.
  • Tom Conley, Cartographic Cinema (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007).
  • Jonathan Flatley, “Affective Mapping” In Affective Mapping: Melancholia and the Politics of Modernism (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2008): 76-84.
  • Gillian Rose, Feminism and Geography: The Limits of Geographical Knowledge (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1993).
Joyce Kozloff
Joyce Kozloff


Guest: Nina Katchadourian (4:00 – 5:30)

  • Ricardo Padrón, “Mapping Imaginary Worlds” In James R. Ackerman & Robert W. Karrow, Jr., Eds., Maps: Finding Our Place in the World (Chicago: University of Chicago Press & The Field Museum, 2007): 255-287.
  • See OpenGeofication
  • Catherine D’Ignazio, “Art and Cartography” The Encyclopedia of Human Geography (New York: Elsevier, 2009): 190-206 or – Denis Wood, “Map Art: Stripping the Mast from the Map” In Rethinking the Power of Maps (New York: Guilford Press, 2010): 189-230.
  • See Nina Katchadourian’s map-based work


  • Denis E. Cosgrove, “Maps, Mapping, Modernity: Art and Cartography in the Twentieth Century” Imago Mundi 57 (2005): 35-54.
  • Denis Wood, “Map Art” Cartographic Perspectives 53 (Winter 2006): 5-14.

Lab: Sensory Maps + Deep Mapping – more info TBA





Field Trip: NYPL Labs?

  • Daniel Rosenberg & Anthony Grafton, “Time in Print” Cartographies of Time: A History of the Timeline (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2010): 10-25.
  • Timeline Maps” in the David Rumsey Map Collection (March 29, 2012).
  • Johanna Drucker & Bethany Nowviskie, “Temporal Modeling” In Drucker, Ed., SpecLab: Digital Aesthetics and Projects in Speculative Computing (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009); reprinted in Chicago Scholarship Online, 2013.


Lab: Work with NYPL Labs’ Space/Time Directory?



Discuss Sensory Maps + Deep Maps from Week 12

This week, for the second half of class, we can explore topics or practice skills of your choosing. We’ll dedicate the remainder of our time to an open lab, during which you to work on your final projects and solicit feedback from your classmates and from Shannon.



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