Imagining the Details: Creative Geovisualization

Authors: Jin-Kyu Jung*, University of Washington-Bothell, Ted Hiebert*, University of Washington Bothell
Topics: Qualitative Methods, Urban Geography
Keywords: imagination, creative geography, geography and arts, homelessness, qualitative geovisualization
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: 8226, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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Imagining the Details is a project that explores the imagination as a social gesture and a way to creatively and empathically engage with questions of the unfamiliar and even the unknown. We believe that the complexity of social living cannot be adequately mapped using only rational, data-driven, or informatic methods—and we are searching for ways to include more holistic and creative methods in processes of building forums for dialogue and the reimagining of space. We collaborate and engage questions of community and homelessness and insist on the emotional, affective, and imagined aspects of urban living. In past project, Imag(in)ing Everyday Geographies (Jung & Hiebert 2016), we brought together sympathetic trends in qualitative geographic visualization and contemporary generative artistic practices to speak about “data portraits” and “imagination portraits” as ways to frame the different registers of story, information, and detail that the work generates. By integrating a next level of social fidelity and intensity, we now move further into participatory territory, social and experiential forms of dialoguing, mapping and art making. Our aim is to feature the stories of others, adding layers of complexity through different representational and non-representation strategies – ‘mapping’ that preserves, represents, and generates a strongly nuanced, contextual, and deeply contingent representation of urban homelessness. And—importantly—new ways of ‘imagining’ how we might engage with others, different strata of community (some homeless, others not), who share our urban landscape. We are interested in how homelessness is imagined—literally—by those who identify as homeless, and by those who might not.

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