Psychogeography – Cartographic Practice

Todays lectures was about Cartographic Practice, this in basic terms meaning maps. A map is a graphic representation of spatial concepts and a means for conveying geographic information. They are easy to understand regardless of language or culture. Even though the accuracy has evolved a lot over the years, maps today still can’t be 100% accurate. Taking into consideration precision errors and how complex the world is its just not possible at this time. Even so maps of all kinds are fundamentally important for modern society and day to day life.

So whats the difference between documentation of place and representation of place? Documentation is the closest visualisation of a place were representation is more a persons perspective of place. For instance the very famous London Underground maps by Harry Beck are representationl. They are there firstly as maps for the underground but are made in a way that they are easy to understand. So aren’t completely accurate and more a simplified view by Beck himself. Another example is this Comic Map Of The British Isles by Fred W. Rose, depicting the political state of that time. Its made as propaganda rather than to navigate the British Isles. So the representation is through the artists eyes rather than a completely factual one. This is really important to know with this brief. As we need to use a mix of both, mixing the factual aspect of our place and the things we feel when we are there. Creating something that is a representation of our chosen place and not just a map.

The day before we were set to document our journey to university. Just like on the Merthyr trip I found myself looking at pattern and graffiti, taking a more in-depth look into my surroundings. The sequence of pictures above creates a pattern diary of my route to uni. It shows where I walked; where I took the bus and the things that stood out to me. Because of this its a personal reflection of this route to uni, seen through my eyes. After we were given a short task to present our findings. I took all my pattern pictures cut them into dots and placed them on paper with a transparent map of the route I walked. It allows the viewer to see where each pattern was on the map and which I found more interesting, indicated with the sizing. I found this task helpful in getting more to grips with this project, as it’s a difficult one to get my head around. Im glad we have a couple small projects as a basis, it helps me to think about different avenues I could take before the main project begins.

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