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Map-i: Mercator Revisited: from mapping modernity to postmodern creative geographies

Panneels, Inge (2018) Map-i: Mercator Revisited: from mapping modernity to postmodern creative geographies. In: Mapping and Politics in a Digital Age. Global Cooperation Series . Routledge. ISBN 9780815357421

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The mapping of our world has long been a significant scientific undertaking, which has influenced how we think about the world and our place within it. A reconsideration of Mercator, whose work reflected upon an age of unprecedented mapping of both the global and celestial, provides a useful methodological starting point for reflecting upon mapping today when new digital technologies and approaches mean that our collective worldview is once again being radically altered. This chapter is a personal reflection on the legacy of Mercator, informed by the author’s artist-in-residency at the Mercator Museum in Sint-Niklaas, in Belgium. Mercator’s legacy is contrasted with the Powers of Ten by Ray and Charles Eames, which is analysed as one of the first examples of ontological mapping; as a succinct merging of different fields of knowledge into a coherent visual narrative. Both of these projects eloquently encapsulate the notion of wonder and the sublime.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: mapping, creative geographies
Depositing User: Inge Panneels


Item ID: 9409
ISBN: 9780815357421
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Date Deposited: 16 May 2018 13:52
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2020 15:12


Author: Inge Panneels ORCID iD

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