Session 8: Strategies of counter mapping
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Sun 26 Feb

16:00 - 17:30

De Brakke Grond

20 / 17,50

Maps exist for us to make it easier to navigate the world. They offer us insight and overview. The creation of a map is not only a political but also a powerful act — to chose to look and frame a subject and to apply a specific scope and scale. It means to carve out a point of view and back it up by the settings chosen. However, too often we forget the politics lying at the bedrock of our maps. What perspectives stay hidden underneath the folds of our maps and what maps are missing entirely? Strategies of Counter-Mapping presents three strategies of counter-mapping. Jamon Van Den Hoek By Any Lens Necessary: A Satellite Image Account of Conflict Mainstream approaches to mapping violent conflict cannot capture a conflict’s tempo, geographic diffusion, or long-term effects. Pre-conflict base maps are overwritten by rubble. Conflict chronology is interpolated rather than observed. Populations are displaced beyond view. While a single satellite image remains anecdotal – partial and relative – Jamon van den Hoek present results of using repeat satellite measurements to chronicle immediate and cascading effects of conflict in Aleppo and Pakistan, and chronic conditions in 922 refugee camps across 60 countries. Ingrid Burrington Forever Noon on a Cloudless Day The accessibility of satellite imagery from online platforms like Google and Bing has become so commonplace that the aerial perspective it affords is easily taken for granted. But Google Earth isn't exactly a map or photograph, it's composite images, optimised and stitched together. Ingrid Burrington examines the composite nature of these images by breaking them down using analogue sleight of hand. Eyal Weizman GROUND TRUTH: Colonization as Climate Change Using historical aerial photographs, contemporary remote sensing data, state plans, court testimonies, and nineteenth- century travellers’ accounts, Eyal Weizman explores the threshold of the Negev desert. In the ongoing ‘battle over the Negev’ (an Israeli state campaign to uproot Palestinian Bedouins from the northern border of the desert), the frontier is not demarcated by fences and walls but by shifting climatic conditions. The frontier is a ‘shoreline’, along which climate change and political conflict are deeply and dangerously entangled.
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