Experimental geography

I recently purchased the book Experimental Geography, edited by Nato Thompson and Independent Curators International (ICI). It features essays by the geographer Trevor Paglen, and includes the work of several emerging “map artists” such as kanarinka, Spurse, and Lize Mogel. (It can usefully be read in parallel with Mogel and Bhagat’s An Atlas of Radical […]

Bill Bunge at AAG

The following manifesto was available at last week’s AAG conference in Boston. It is signed by Bill Bunge, who was also rumored to actually be the conference (though I did not confirm that). Apropos several sessions on “subversive cartography” at the conference the map is also interesting. Fidel Castro’s America (W. Bunge) (pdf).

Three new ground-breaking books on spatial reason

Three new books on spatial reason and politics have recently appeared. Remarkably, they all come from a single publisher, the University of Chicago Press in the last year or so. The History of Cartography Vol III, Cartography in the European Renaissance (edited by David Woodward). Abysmal, by Gunnar Olsson. The Sovereign Map by Christian Jacob.

Reed Elsevier and the boycott

As if to illustrate the previous post on our complicity in {surveillance | government}, here is an update on the moves to boycott Elsevier’s journals and projects. As you may know, Elsevier have a sister company that organizes the world’s largest arms fair, DSEI. They are also an academic publisher, and I am a section […]

Ghost Map author speaks about his new book

Steven Johnson is the author of Ghost Map, a book about the cholera epidemics of 19th century London and the famous work of John Snow. Snow is sometimes described as the father of epidemiology and his maps have been very influential in geography and cartography.