M A P S!

Today I’ve reading two amazing articles of Maps. Yes, Maps. In despite of the (pos)modernity that live in this days, this elements of reality representation, are present in our lives and minds with more strong than ever.

The first article is from Uri Friedman for The Atlantic Cities page. Here are an extract of the article:

It was the kind of technological triumphalism that Jerry Brotton would likely greet with a knowing smile.

“All cultures have always believed that the map they valorize is real and true and objective and transparent,” Brotton, a professor of Renaissance studies at Queen Mary University of London, told me. “All maps are always subjective…. Even today’s online geospatial applications on all your mobile devices and tablets, be they produced by Google or Apple or whoever, are still to some extent subjective maps.”

There are, in other words, no perfect maps—just maps that (more-or-less) perfectly capture our understanding of the world at discrete moments in time. In his new book, A History of the World in 12 Maps, Brotton masterfully catalogs the maps that tell us most about pivotal periods in human history. I asked him to walk me through the 12 maps he selected (you can click on each map below to enlarge it).

The second article is from Margareth Rhodes and the photographer Henry Hargreaves for the review CO.Design. Here are an extract from the article:

Photographer (and former model) Henry Hargreaves created the cartographic series with food stylist Caitlin Levin. Hargreaves’s work often conceptualizes our relationship with food, like in this series where he explores weight loss by lighting fast food meals on fire. In another project, he mocks Damien Hirst’s pretentious and controversial dot paintings. For this series, he populated countries with the specialties you might find in, say, France (Comté and Camembert cheeses) or China (rice noodles and dumpling pastries). By and large, the maps adhere to familiar stereotypes about who eats what and where (to wit: New Zealand is all kiwis). The real beauty is how carefully Hargreaves and Levin have sliced and diced the chosen foods to create quilt-like patterns for each map

The debate is open: Can the virtualization of the world eliminates the traditional maps? Can we create our maps? How maps recreates our reality?

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