Missing the Points: Digital Mapping As Continuous Narrative
Abstract: Digital mapping projects often rely on precise geographic information to represent their data. But making objects or events correspond to specific coordinates can overstate confidence in their locations, leading to disjointed or skewed results. This talk will propose one alternative to the point-mapping approach to spatial history by embracing a more fluid, path-based aesthetic. It describes this approach through a CESTA-supported digital humanities project, Tracing The Arctic Regions, which maps a pioneering photographic expedition of western Greenland led by the American artist William Bradford in 1869.
Bio: George Philip LeBourdais, PhD, is the Consulting Curator for Digital Initiatives at CESTA. He received his doctorate in Art History from Stanford in 2018. His research, which has been supported by awards from the U.S. Fulbright Commission and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, explores how we represent things that defy description, like intense emotions, extreme environments and new technologies.
Lunch will be served.