Cartography of Protest and Social Changes
This panel discussion will take place at Conflux HQ on Sunday, September 14, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
The spread of global positioning systems, interactive geolocating tools and social networks have ensured that mapping is even more fashionable than the new black.
New technologies have not just freed us from the curse of impossibly difficult to fold and unfold paper maps, they have freed geographical data themselves. At least, that’s what it says on the box. Until recently, the representation of territory was coming “from above”. Maps were conceded exclusively by structures of power. Today instead, they are built by individuals who re-frame the urban space according to new coordinates.
The panel will introduce the work of a new breed of cartographers who know that even the most innocent-looking map has its own agenda and that far from being neutral accessories which would merely help you find your way in urban space, maps are often used as instruments for controlling and shaping beliefs. Conversely, maps can be at the service of protest and social change.