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3609.3 - An interdisciplinary approach to mapping through scientific cartography, design and artistic expression

Monday, July 3
3:30 PM - 3:50 PM
Location: Harding

This paper reports on the initial findings of an interdisciplinary study exploring perceptions of space and place through alternate ways of mapping. The research project aims to bring depth and meaning to places by utilising a combination of diverse influences and responses, including emotional, sensory, memory and imaginary. It investigates mapping from a designer’s perspective, with further narration from both the cartographic science and fine art perspectives. It examines the role of design and artistic expression in the cartographic process, and its capacity to effect and transform the appearance, reading and meaning of the final cartographic outcome (Robinson 2010). The crossover between the cartographic sciences and the work of artists who explore space and place enables an interrogation of where these fields collide or alternatively merge, in order to challenge the definition of a map. By exploring cartography through the overlapping of the distinct fields of science and art, this study challenges and questions the tipping point of when a map ceases to be a map and becomes art.

Joanna Gardener

Lecturer
Swinburne University of Technology

Joanna is a lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology in the School of Design, with more than 15 years of extensive industry experience nationally and internationally in the fields of art and design. She is undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy in the School of Science at RMIT University, Australia. Her interdisciplinary doctoral thesis examines the intersection of cartography, art and design and its role in understanding and shaping place. The working title of her thesis is: Design and Aesthetics of Cartography: Its capacity for storytelling, ability to create wonder, communicate ideas and evoke sensory impression and experience.

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Sidonie Christophe

Senior researcher in Geovisualization
Univ. Paris-Est, LASTIG COGIT, IGN, ENSG, F-94160 Saint-Mande, France

PhD Sidonie Christophe is a senior researcher in cartography and geovisualization, in the COGIT Team of the IGN-France. She is co-chair of the ICA Commission on Cognitive Issues in Geographic Information Visualization, and also co-chair of the ISPRS Commission on Geovisualization, Augmented and Virtual Reality. Her research works focus on knowledge formalization for map and geovis -design, -use and -cognition, in particular on personalization and user control on design.

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