Friday, September 12, 2008


Project #1
The Mapping

Map: conventionalized representation of spatial phenomena on a plane surface. Unlike photographs, maps are selective and may be prepared to show various quantitative and qualitative facts, including boundaries, physical features, patterns, and distribution. Each point on such a map corresponds to a geographical position in accordance with a definite scale scale, in cartography, the ratio of the distance between two points on a map to the real distance between the two corresponding points portrayed. The scale may be expressed in three ways: numerically, as a ratio or a fraction and projection (see map projection map projection, transfer of the features of the surface of the earth or another spherical body onto a flat sheet of paper. Only a globe can represent accurately the shape, orientation, and relative area of the earth's surface features; any projection produces maps may also represent such comparative data as industrial power, population density, and birth and death rates. The earliest European printed maps (2d half of the 15th cent.) were made from woodcuts; maps are now reproduced by several processes, including photoengraving, wax engraving, and lithography. See also chart, term referring to maps prepared for marine navigation and for air navigation. All charts show, in some convenient scale , geographic features useful to the navigator, as well as indications of direction.

This project is an examination of the basic function of the camera : the objective witness of facts. It is a research project therefore it is up to you to define what mapping is and what to map and learn to articulate what you are thinking of and to translate your ideas into the visual language.

You will need to have a minimum of 3 prints and this could be RC or Fiber the choice is up to you however RC would be a lot easier to deal with at this point. When I ask for 3 prints this means that you have edited your work down to the most eloquent and the most seductive body of work to present. The prints has to be technically sound and they should flow easy both in form and content so your presentation is very important. During the critique your work should be hung or pinned on the wall or displayed however you think that it is best to present the work.

You should also prepare a statement ( a paragraph or two) so it can be read by the audience, this way they can prepare themselves to give you the critical feedback that you deserve. For the project we will listen to This American Life Mapping and a slide lecture will be presented to get you started.


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