Sunday, August 7, 2011

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Final Mapping Project

Through my ideas about the homeless project i knew what kind of map i wanted to display: a superimposition of visual data and audio data that would be able to be read together at the same time.

Now that I had this final output, i need the parameters, the subjects to map, it almost didnt matter what these were the most important part was the map itself.

I chose to map three people all living in the same flat that normally take the same route almost. These subjects and the final three dimensional map will be:

The Flat Map


This mapping project could not proceed without the help of the homeless....and they just didnt want to help. Plus time constraints meant that i couldnt fully achieve this specific project and have it be a well-crafted work.

What will I Map...Again

What: Homelessness
Where: Auckland
When: In three weeks
Who: Maximum three people
How: Biographies (conventional 2D map) Short Film (contemporary 3D map)
Why: Because they have a place in society too, they create their own places in Auckland.

Turangawaewae - A Place To Stand

Tūrangawaewae is one of the most well-known and powerful Māori concepts. Literally tūranga (standing place), waewae (feet), it is often translated as ‘a place to stand’. Tūrangawaewae are places where we feel especially empowered and connected. They are our foundation, our place in the world, our home.

A person’s marae (tribal forum for social life) is often seen as their tūrangawaewae. For each person, the marae is the place where their ancestors are present, where they spend their formative years and learn important lessons. They gain the right to stand upon their marae and proclaim their views about the world and life.



Through trial and error i realised that this isnt quite the right mapping project.


Allen talks about representation in relation to architectural drawings. “Drawings are not real but a representation of the real.” Today’s city is rapidly changing. “…mass communication and information technology has undermined the idea of the city as a place of architectural permanence.”

The city is not static. It is fueled and moved by the human condition, which is the social, political and cultural ideas surrounding and defining the city. As the city changes through time, so does representation, in different fields, being influenced by this human condition of the time.

When I say city I’m talking about one defined by its human condition: socially, politically and culturally, not the architectural city we instinctively think of.

The different fields of representation are referring to architectural translation as talked about by Allen, art and fashion – or how we represent ourselves.

How people have represented themselves has always been influenced by the city as a reaction to or against it. What we wear has changed and been adapted to suit and accommodate for a changing city and an always different human condition.

Why has what we wear changed so much from let’s say: 1900 till now? –in the developed/western world

Obviously because: “The times they are a changing”

This famous phrase can be defined as: the young generation adapting to an always shifting city that the older generation don’t necessarily understand.

A line that was made famous by this man:

Bob Dylan

Verse 4:

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don't criticize
What you can't understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin'.
Please get out of the new one
If you can't lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin'.

What Will I Map

Im going to map in Auckland: What people wear Where people wear

Sunday, August 9, 2009


What is a Place?

A place is a space with a purpose.
A place is a space ignited by the human condition of today.
It is there for a specific reason and has a proper reason for being.
A place can be a location, or multiple locations simultaneously, created or transformed from a space by - and to deal with/cater for - the human condition.
How do we represent a place created by the the city and the human condition of today?
How do we map this place?

The Map: Art and drawings representation and the human condition.

What is a map?

A map is ever changing and suitable to the persons identifying it. A map to a certain field of expertise is one thing, different to another field. What is a map in a creative field and how do we represent our ever changing surroundings through this map in the form of art and architectural drawings.

Before the 20thC representation was really a two dimensional idea. Artists and architects portrayed what they could see or what they wanted to see. Depictions were three dimensional; however the way the stories, life and architecture were conveyed was simple and conventional for the time. Although artists and architects sought out to show the city and its people changing socially and politically, techniques that were harnessed were subtle in their deployment, still adhering to the conventions of the time.

At the turn of the century these ideas of representation evolved and became more complex, techniques that were used became more and more unconventional. It was with the modernists, however that the world of representation came crashing down. Representation evolved and became three dimensional.

It is towards the end of the 20thC that representational techniques become harder and harder to convey ideas about an ever exponentially growing city, post mass consumerism we have now reached an age of mass communication, globalization and technological advances never felt before. Representation has now become fourth dimensional, adding to the representational ideas of the 20thC it has now become not only, what we see and how we see it but also the effects that these things we are seeing through the city are having on us, our human condition. Technology has become smaller and smaller, now invisible. It is the effects of the city on us that we now have to represent fourth dimensionally. It is the effects of technology that we now have to see. This is our human condition.