Talk on cartists and artists

Cartographers have always navigated between fields of art, science and technology. While in the past they had to master artistic techniques, the practice of contemporary map-makers has been widely influenced by technological advances and the data flow from ubiquitous sensors, social media and Volunteered Geographic Information. This growing complexity of cartography encourages creative contributions and fosters novel visualization approaches.

In this presentation, I share examples of how artistic practices influence the modern cartographic design and trigger new research directions such as literature cartography or cinematic maps. In the second part, we have a look at how the characteristics and functions of map inspire various artists to produce a new form of maps – deep maps, which merge places with stories and memories.

The talk was presented in August 2019 during the Cambridge Social Dynamics Seminar in Nokia Bell Labs, UK.