Close Up at a Distance: Mapping, Technology, and Politics by Laura Kurgan

By Laura Kurgan

The maps during this booklet are drawn with satellites, assembled with pixels radioed from outer house, and produced from data; they list events of severe clash and exhibit basic variations in our methods of seeing and of experiencing area. those maps are outfitted with worldwide Positioning platforms (GPS), distant sensing satellites, or Geographic info structures (GIS): electronic spatial and software program designed for such army and governmental makes use of as reconnaissance, secrecy, tracking, ballistics, the census, and nationwide safety. instead of shying clear of the politics and complexities in their meant makes use of, in Close Up at a Distance Laura Kurgan makes an attempt to light up them. Poised on the intersection of paintings, structure, activism, and geography, her research uncovers the implicit biases of the hot perspectives, the technique of recording details they current, and the recent areas they've got spread out. Her presentation of those maps reclaims, repurposes, and discovers new or even inadvertent makes use of for them, together with documentary, memorial, upkeep, interpretation, political, or just aesthetic. GPS has been on hand to either civilians and the army in view that 1991; the realm vast internet democratized the distribution of information in 1992; Google Earth has captured worldwide bird’s-eye perspectives considering that 2005. know-how has led to a innovative shift in our skill to navigate, inhabit, and outline the spatial realm. The strains of interactions, either actual and digital, charted via the maps in Close Up at a Distance outline this shift.

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