Reading Set 1/1

Post 2
2019.01.20 Monday

Starting my readings for this course.

The First Set

  • 01_NewNatureofMaps_C2.pdf

  • 01_Notes_Panofsky_ArnolfiniPortrait 2.pdf

  • 01_Panofsky_ArnolfiniPortrait.pdf

  • 01_ReThinkPowerofMaps_C3.pdf

  • 01_VisualCulture_Intro.pdf

  • Van_Eyck_-_Arnolfini_Portrait.jpg


Readings 01

2019.01.20

At Mom’s House



01_NewNatureofMaps_C2.pdf

2019.01.20-003_BE-Map.jpg




Maps, Knowledge, Power

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Photograph by Garman Herigstad at one of his countless border crossings at Blaine WA between Vancouver BC and Bellingham WA.  Every weekend, Saturday and Sunday, between August 2015 and November 2017.

Photograph by Garman Herigstad at one of his countless border crossings at Blaine WA between Vancouver BC and Bellingham WA. Every weekend, Saturday and Sunday, between August 2015 and November 2017.

Maps imply geographical features.

Colonial History: Maps and Power

Carl Sauer: the eloquence of maps.

Theoretical Perspectives

Maps

  • Context of Political Power

  • Iconological

  • Value-laden images

  • OLD: Inert records of morphological landscapes

  • OLD: Passive reflections of the world of objects

  • Refracted images contributing to dialogue in a socially constructed world.

  • Not True and False

  • Not Accurate and Inaccurate

  • Not Objective and Subjective

  • Not Literal and Symbolic

  • Not Scientific Integrity opposed to Ideological Distortion

  • Selecting of Content

  • Signs and Styles of Representation

  • How appropriate maps are to manipulation by the powerful in society.





Three Eminences 

  • One: Maps as Language: Literary Criticism 

    • Semiotics

    • Specific Historical Enquiry

    • Historical Practice

    • Literature of Maps

    • Levels of Sarto-Literacy

    • Authorship

    • Secrecy and Censorship

    • Discourse

      • Those aspects of a text which are appraise, evaluative, persuasive, rhetorical.

  • Two: Panofsky’s Formulation of Iconology.

    • Identify Surface Level

    • Identify Deeper Level

      • Symbolic dimensions

      • Political Power Communicated

    • Pdf

  • Three: Sociology of Knowledge

    • Maps as social product

    • Michael Foucault:

      • “The quest for truth was not an objective and neutral activity but an intimately related to the ‘will of power’ of the truth seeker.

      • Knowledge was a form of power disguised as scientific disinterestedness.

    • Cartography

        • Surveyor

          • Paints the landscape “environment”

          • Territorial Imperative of political systems

        • Scientific = Cartography

        • Foucault

          • Surveillance 

          • Propaganda

          • Warfare

          • Political Law and Order

          • Anthony Giddens

            • Authoritative Resources

  • Political Context for Maps

    • Ancient

      • Ottoman, Mogul India, China

    • Modern

      • Italy, Scandinavia , Dutch, Portugal

  • Maps and Empire

    • Reconnaissance > info > civilization

    • Legitimize Conquests

    • Ptolemaic Systems of Coordinate Geometry ? 

      • 15th Century

    • Africa

      • European maps fragmented indigenous territory

    • India Partition 1947

  • Maps and the Nation State

  • Maps and Property Rights

  • Map Content and the Transaction of Power

    • Deliberately distorted maps

      • Cartography is  an inaccurate, controlled fiction.

    • Deliberate Distortions of Maps

      • Projections

      • Colors

      • Signs

      • Typography

      • Military

      • Nuclear Waste

      • Gerrymandering

    • Subliminal Geometry

      • Ompalos syndrome

        • Divine Center of Earth

      • Mercator’s Projection

  • The Silence of Maps

    • Influence by omissions

    • Discrimination of natives

  • Representational Hierarchies

    • Lords and Nobels

    • Castles

    • Feudal Order

    • Holy Roman Empire

    • Infields land

    • Ireland : Reformational England

    • France: Bureaucracy

  • Cartographic Symbolism of Power

    • Emblems on Maps

  • Maps in Painting

    • Orb

    • Coins

    • Globes 16th Century

  • Ideology of Cartographic Decoration

    • Title Pages

    • Lettering

    • Cartouches