Memories /place/time/sense/ Mapped

Memories /place/time/sense/ Mapped

Updated Mar, 2nd 2013

March, 2 - A small town wearing dresses of the wrong size.

I need to conquer my performance anxiety today so I decided not to have a single look at other maps and play with paper cutouts. I didn't want to plan ahead so I grabbed the cutouts and throw them in the air and stick with the way they landed on the sheet of paper.

Something very exciting happened then because the city took its shape right in front of my eyes and I only had to make lots of staring and thinking a few adjustments to make it look right to me. I thought I had the place to find its way into existance so I didn't give any names to it.

"The City could reminds some visitors of Brasilia. It was clearly planned to be a utopia turned real. Of course no utopia can be real so it has some ingenuity in its dna. And so this city is a funny mess of straight orthodoxy and charming ingenuity.

There are glimpses of it everywhere, like in the transport fields on the northwest where airplanes and trains arrive, on the shores of the lake, or in the long gardens corridor on the waterfront connecting with its gratuitous curves the SW and the SE neighboroughts. It's clear to me that  the artificial canal in the south was planned so people have fun around it (the shores of the norh lake are kind of windy sometimes) even though It looks clear to me thatv people find the SE and, unexpectedly to the planners, the SW corners of the city the place where the heart and soul of the city really is, where the city can forget about what it millenial mission and look the way it really is. A small town wearing dresses of the wrong size."

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February, 24 - First serious try

Anne's lectures really helped me getting started on this project: I focused on certain aspects and narrowed the way I wanted to give them shape. First I had to recall my childhood memories and spaces and find the right way to collect them on a map. Slowly differents paths emerged I I drew a sketch. Of course as I started drawing the supposedly final map new ideas and new connection came to my mind and forced me to rethink things as I was drawing them. I realized everything can mean somethin in a drawing: a color, the shape of a line, the way it's filled with color, everything can be used to say something.

Aside from the technical aspects, the map made me realize I didn't my childhood in Bari, but in some very specific part of it. I also realized my weekends with my father took place in a completely different area of the city. I also found the symbolic importance of the railroad (the brown line) crossing the city (and my paths).

I really look forward to work on this map again. 

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Here are two map-related wesites that I love

  • http://bigthink.com/blogs/strange-maps It's a collection of strange maps of all kinds, it really helps you not to forget maps are first of all a way to tell a story, show something while hiding something else.
  • http://www.bigmapblog.com/ It's a never-endind quite addicting source of maps from different times and places. Just wonderful.

I always try not to take overly ambitious projects (and this really sounds ambitious!) but this is an idea I've been playing around a lot. I'd like to explore ways to describe someone's path in life through his/her unique connections between three dimensions: space, time and senses. What happens if I can see more clearly the connections between my PTS (that's place, time, sense) points? Will invisible patterns become visibile? Will I get to know where I'm going?.

And now, some questions answered:

  • Why am I making this map? For fun, not for a client for sure. A gift? Maybe to myself. For fun? Probably to this if something good can come out of my love for maps.
  • Why am I the expert to create this map? I've been reading maps just for the pleasure of it for years. I've played with them, pushed boundaries and nominated capital cities just to trigger fantasy stories and enjoy them. I don't have any kind of artistic background but I think this can be a good thing as I'm not interested in accuracy or neatness.
  • Who is my target audience? Anyone who had my same idea but didn't take the steps to turn it into reality. On a more realisting way, all people interested in getting a picture (not just figuratively) on their own life.
  • Do I want my final project to be printed or digital? I'd love it to be printed but don't think that's possible due my lack of acquaintence with pens, pencils and such. So digital but only as a mere means of expression.
  • What level of detail do I need to include? Colors, names of places, numbers, maybe some quotes.
  • Dear class, I need your help/expertise/guidance on how to... not to be afraid of a blank sheet of paper, find the right tools for me, not to simple, not to hard to learn.

By the way I took the test and score a whopping 25%

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