Map Fest took place at Mediamatic Bank on July 6, 8 and 9. Map Fest brings together kindred spirits to explore, create, define and oppose maps.
The second evening of Map Fest was dedicated to Mapping for Clarity. Guests were Richard Rogers, Catalogtree and De Geuzen. Urban sociologist and researcher Merijn Oudenampsen moderated the evening.
Mapping for Clarity is about making sense of data. Abstract sets of numbers are transformed into fluctuating graphs and beautiful visualizations. Power structures and traditional hierarchies are uncovered and defied. Mapping makes the intangible world around us tangible, and influences the way we experience, use and create space.
Richard Rogers is Professor of New Media & Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam. He is also Director of the Govcom.org Foundation. His research involves studying and building info-tools. The most well-known tool Rogers has co-developed is the Issue Crawler. Need to know more? Tonight he'll provide us with a little insight into this tool.
Joris Maltha and Daniel Gross are Catalogtree, a multidisciplinary design studio specializing in data visualization. Tonight they will be showing us three of their projects. For the poster series Flocking Diplomats they mapped the parking violations of diplomats in New York City. Structured Light is a poster series about 3D remote sensing, and Inside the Black Box is a documentary made in collaboration with Marije Meerman (VPRO Tegenlicht).
De Geuzen is Riek Sijbring, Femke Snelting and Renee Turner. De Geuzen is a foundation for multi-visual research, together since 1996. Tonight they'll explore a few of their projects, and tell us about their experience with decoupling mapping and mastery. They will discuss cartography as a form of undoing. In other words, as a means of questioning territories as opposed to defining them.