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Friday, August 21st
10:00 – 10:30 – Introduction / Sébastien Caquard
Opening round-table about goals of workshop, methodologies, and expected outcomes.
10:30 – 12:30 / Panel#1: Ephemeral City Mapping Practices
Poetics of the Hybrid City / Taien Ng-Chan (20 min.)
Taien Ng-Chan’s work investigates alternate ways of moving through the city, combining cinematic and narrative cartography with poetics to engage curiosity and deepen one’s knowledge about the urban landscape. She is interested in the formation of one’s “image of the city,” exploring media representations of a city including cinema, tourism, and historical narratives, along with methods of “reading” the landscape with an eye on the material, the social and the contested. Her interest in mobile media brings a focus to the city as hybrid space.
Emotional mapping for community based decision-making + GIS mapping tool / Jirka Panek (20 min.)
The presentation is dealing with a newly (by authors) developed web-application for collecting emotional information about places within the city. The application is currently use by the Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic Network within their Local Agenda 21 activities. The Network is using the emotional maps as a part of their citizen participation workshops and the results are easily exported to shapefile, hence it can be used in any GIS software together with cadaster maps, analytical layers as well as development plans. During the presentation, I will present the tool, discuss possible usage of the tool among participants and find colleagues who would be willing to modify and use the tool in their local environments.
Visualizing Environmental Noise: Acoustic Noise Measurements vs. Subjective Perception / Beate Weninger (20 min.)
This contribution discusses noise mapping for the purpose of noise action planning. Of special interest is the challenge that comes about with the differences between the acoustic, physical measurement of noise that is thought to be objective and the subjective perception of noise that is rather ephemeral and dependent on individual persons and their state. We will give an overview of research results looking at the visualization of “objective” noise indices and further give a research perspective on how the subjective perception of noise can be integrated into noise maps with the aim of developing a sufficient discussion basis for urban planning. (20 min.)
12:30 – 13:45 – Lunch
13:45 – 15:00 / Activity #1-1: Mapping Maracana – Contextualization
This is an activity in three phases. During this first phase (contextualization), the activities will be introduced by its author(s). During the second phase (practice; see below) participants will be invited to collect field data based on the methodologies introduced in the first phase. Finally in the third phase (debriefing) participants will discuss the activities and the possibilities of combining the data into an ephemeral map.
Sensibility and The Shifting Experience of Knowing Place / Rachele Riley (15 min.)
I am interested in exploring sensibility and the city, as it relates to our experience of environment, movement, and interaction. I will present two recent works to provide context to the inquiry: one that maps ‘unknown’ spaces in Detroit (Michigan, USA), as categorized by Data Driven Detroit’s 2014 Motor City Mapping Parcel Survey; and an exploratory web-based map of Yucca Flat (Nevada Test Site, Nevada, USA), a desert valley visibly marked by the impact of 828 nuclear explosions. Both projects make use of standard datasets, but they extend the collecting of data into a different realm, and challenges preconceived notions of what constitutes navigable space and conventional representation. I will prepare poetic textual/visual prompts for a group-based exploration of the Maracana neighborhood.
Mapping the absence / Sofya Gavrilova (15 min.)
In my presentation I will define the category of “absence” and introduce mapping practices witch are relevant to mapping the absence. During my activity I aim to research the proposed area with the participants to find out with is “absent” for each person from the group on the same place (it could be the parts of the landscapes, people or even mood). In the end we are going to combine the maps into one map of collective absence.
Earth, air, body; systems, senses and the map / Saskia Schut and Louisa King (15 min.)
Instructions: Atmospheric and ground condition maps are provided to groups of 4. Exercises in either the sense of proprioception or equilibrioception are given to each group. Each group will then make a matrix of relationships between affects and these conditions. Each group is then asked to propose a walk which choreographs the body to produce the vector, the walk.
Construction of Urban Space through Graphic Semiotics / Joshua Singer (15 min.)
Two projects, Ad Hoc Atlas and Typographic Typologies, will be presented. These design research experiments explore the urban semiotic ecology and serve as theoretical models of how design research and mapping can be used as a critical method. The projects use empirical and poetic methods to map invisible urban space. As part of a workshop activity, participants will collect evidence of graphic and typographic forms in the streets of the Maracanã neighborhood and then be prompted to speculate scenarios from their findings.
15:00 – 16:30 / Activity #1-2: Mapping Maracana – Practice
Groups of 4 participants are formed. Each member of each group will have the responsibility to collect one of the 4 types of ephemeral data introduced in the previous contextualization session. Each person in the group would then use a different methodology of data collection (and mapping). Each group will be assigned a certain area to cover.
16:30 – 17:30 / Activity #1-3: Mapping Maracana – Debriefing
Meet for discussion about the different activities and the data collected.
Saturday, August 22nd
9:45 – 10:45 / Panel #2: Maps, Representations and Narratives
Cartographic Readings of Country: ‘Interpretive Wonderings at Culpra Station’ and ‘Working the Ground at Wilcannia NSW’ / Jock Gilbert (20 min.)
The projects discussed aim to open a transformative space of encounter through collaboration and participation between ‘outside’ creative practitioners and ‘local’ community members and ‘country’ itself through the interpretative juxtaposition of two ontologies-the mythological and the rational. The space thus opened will be explored as a means through which new stories might be produced and mapped – in effect new landscapes with attendant potential.
The Mapping of Dynamic Phenomena and the Language of Moving Pictures / Silvestre Zepeda Ferrer (20 min.)
The recent emergence of a new way of using the language of moving pictures for geographical practice sets the tone for a historical reflection on cartographic representation of what is ephemeral. The aim of this presentation is to identify in the history of geographical theory, cartographical practice, and the development of certain technologies, significant elements that lead to understanding how films relate in this new way with maps and geography.
10:45 – 11:15 / Performance #1
Detritus: performance to create ‘live’ re-‐mapping of detritus material collected in the vicinity / Dominic Redfern (30 min.)
Over recent years I have made a number of video artworks centred on detritus in liminal zones where human rubbish accumulates yet is ignored because no one is directly responsible for it. These parts of our environment are often characterised by the abrasive intersection of the organic and the manufactured. These are places where human organisation is interrupted in ways that effectively puncture the artificial schism between nature and culture and give us a less anthropocentric vantage on the ‘organisation’ of our environment. For Mapping Ephemeralities I will ‘perform’ a live video work using detritus I have collected from the immediate environment around the workshop base.
11:15 – 12:30 / Activity #2: Mapping Identity
The SkypeLab:Transcontinental Faces & Spaces / Maggie McCormick, Henning Eichinger & Franey Nogueira
The SkypeLab:Transcontinental Faces & Spaces session will start with a lecture that integrates several short film segments that introduce the participants to SkypeLab’s mapping methodology and outcomes to date, followed by a discussion. Participants will then be invited to practically explore the role of drawn contour lines in the public space of Skype as a method of mapping identity perception. No drawing skills are needed. Where possible, but not necessary, participants are asked to bring along their iPhones, iPads or computers with Skype capacity. Two computers with Skype capacity on site and facing each other will also facilitate the dialogue. The session will finish with informal discussion while a film screens showing some of the outcomes to date.
12:30 – 13:45 / Concluding Roundtable and Ephemeral Map(s) presentation / Sébastien Caquard & Taien Ng-Chan