Mapping Laboratory

Mapping Laboratory challenges the traditional boundaries in Cartesian visualization and tests alternative modes of representation. The Laboratory is a cross curricular innovation programme working on academic researches, tools for research projects, speculative enquiries by postgraduates, and design proposals by undergraduate students.


Coordinator
Nicolás Mariné Carretero

The Mapping Laboratory thus understands cartography as a means for elucidating the spatial structure of invisible territorial phenomena. Contrary to conventional mapping, this use of cartography explores manners of representation which highlight the relations of the territory, their spatial distribution and their functional structure. An extended concept of cartography, not as referenced quantification of a cartesian external space but an alive and open-ended tool of approach to the real through embodied practices of positioning, exploring and projecting. It is a multi-scalar tool, in the sense that it is applied at all levels of the spatial and temporal scales.

The map is open and connectable in all of its dimensions; it is detachable, reversible, susceptible to constant modification. It can be torn, reversed, adapted to any kind of mounting, reworked by an individual, group, or social formation. It can be drawn on a wall, conceived of as a work of art, constructed as a political action or as a meditation.  — Gilles Deleuze

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