Here is my Term End Presentation from class, embedded with Sway. Reflections on feedback and future plans after the jump! 🙂
Following the presentation, I got a few responses to feedback. Most notably, Dr. Christen suggested that what I see as my overarching research question much of my work, “what happens when you believe in (or value) the image as much as you believe in the word?” would be well served by the idea of mapping Pullman by lived experience, via pulling from Twitter and perhaps other social network data. Another bonus to this is that it answers a question posed by Posner: how do you represent lived experience in visualization? It also keeps things local.
While I had originally meant to approach this question via oral and literate cultures in Early Modern England 1500-1700, a smaller scope for this project which also allows me to learn new tools and techniques is going to be more useful. I’d like to pursue this project as far as I can. Usefully, I have already done some work on the mapping of Pullman which I could incorporate into this project.
In his book Angel’s Town, Ralph Cintron makes the argument that colonial forces impose their view of the land via “discourses of measurement,” problematic cartographic practices which impose a colonial view of space on indigenous lands and communities. In a project last year, I worked with Cintron’s ideas and did some original artwork to explore what it might look like to map a community understanding of space without resorting to colonial discourses of measurement. In a seemingly post-cartographic age dominated by Google Maps, it is easy enough to envision some kind of digital interventions which could take this work to the next level and make it valuable to a community in real time. So, in tandem with mapping Pullman via Tweet, I would like to superimpose those tweets on some kind of alternate map view. Instead of aiming for specificity and navigation as the key goals of this mapping project, I would be looking to counter colonial discourses of the land by highlighting the lived experience of a specific community or communities in Pullman.