Creative GeoVisualisation - Creative Engagements with GeoSpatial Technologies

Type: Paper
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Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Ambassador Ballroom, Omni, West
Organizers: Philip Nicholson
Chairs: Philip Nicholson

Call for Submissions

Submissions can be in the form of a traditional paper presentation or alternative modes of presentation and expression. If you are interested in an unconventional format, please specify this in your abstract by providing a short description of what this might entail and what will be required (what kind of conference space, technology, set up, etc.)


Recent work in cultural geography focusing on art and creative practice has seen a shift in the way such works are apprehended. Creative practices are seen less as purely descriptive or representative formations, rather as politically productive (i.e. doing work in the world) and interventionary (Hawkins, 2015; Marston & De Leeuw, 2013). This is a useful point of departure in which to consider calls from critical GIS scholars (such as Sui, 2004) for a GIS more embracing of creative imaginaries.
No doubt there is an emergent interest in such practices within the GIS community. Critical GIS scholars (Kwan, 2007) have written about working with GIS as a creative medium. Conversely a growing cohort of artists are working with geospatial technologies (GST). Recently, geographers have begun to think through the performative qualities of practicing GIS and how artists have engaged with neogeography (Lin, 2013). Furthermore, GIS practices are increasingly understood as ‘ontogenetic’, or ‘unfolding’ (Dodge & Kitchin, 2013), such that, “mapping [is understood] as a processual, creative, productive act, constructed through citational, embodied, and contextual experiences” (2013, p. 19).
We invite participation by scholars/artists who are engaging creative methodologies and practices in work with geospatial technologies, geographical information systems, and so on. The following is an inexhaustive list of potential areas of interest for this session:

• Situating creative practices engaging with new geospatial technologies (e.g. drones, biometric devices etc.)
• Critical responses to the use of social media data in geographic visualisation
• New visualisation techniques and applications (e.g. network visualisation, storymapping, web-based visualisation platforms etc.)
• Interdisciplinary collaboration between artists, designers, and scientists

Works Cited
Dodge, M., & Kitchin, R. (2013). Crowdsourced cartography: mapping experience and knowledge. Environment and Planning A, 45(1), 19–36.
Hawkins, H. (2015). Creative geographic methods: knowing, representing, intervening. On composing place and page. Cultural Geographies, 22(2), 247–268.
Kwan, M. (2007). Affecting geospatial technologies: Toward a feminist politics of emotion. Professional Geographer, 59(1), 22–34.
Lin, W. (2013). Situating performative neogeography: tracing, mapping, and performing “Everyone’s East Lake”. Environment and Planning A, 45(1), 37–54.
Marston, S. A., & De Leeuw, S. (2013). Creativity and Geography: Toward a Politicized Intervention. Geographical Review, 103(2), iii–xxvi.
Sui, D. Z. (2004). GIS, Cartography, and the “Third Culture”: Geographic Imaginations in the Computer Age. The Professional Geographer, 56(1), 62–72.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Introduction Philip Nicholson University of Glasgow 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Wen Lin*, Newcastle University, Mapping the urban condition in the digital age: map stories from Beijing, China 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Dominica Whitesell*, University of Texas - Austin, Caroline V Faria, University of Texas at Austin, Global Intimate Mapping and Other Feminist Play With Geovisual Technologies 20 8:40 AM
Discussant Jin-Kyu Jung University of Washington-Bothell 20 9:00 AM

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