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Looks at communicative abstract marks (pictograms mainly) as they serve your mapping assignment

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Using today’s lecture as inspiration, create a map of your site, place or journey. Your map may serve as analysis and research that leads to a future project, or be a work unto itself. The amount of voice and subjectivity that enters into the map is your choice — as is the format of the map itself.

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Read the Georges Perec reading posted to the site.

Chose a place or take a journey. Using Perec as an inspiration, work towards making an objective map of your site. What form is appropriate for what you’re trying to say about the site. What phenomena are you mapping? Temperature, color, space, sound, history? Geographical mapping is only one route.

Your Tuesday, you will be presenting your research findings as a presentation. Still photographs, sounds, sketches, tied together with your voice. I advise that you string together your visual research into a pdf or keynote that you can lead us through.

You will then have one week to produce an objective map. Consider a format and a scope that makes sense for the relatively short amount of time that you have.

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Mapping notation, symbol, icon and typography — all elements of map making — are forms of visual shorthand. They are all signs, or “stand-ins” for something else. Moving through any landscape or environment one encounters enormous amounts of sensory stimuli. When describing a place or a journey, it becomes necessary to omit much of reality in favor of short hand or representation.

As “storytellers” you are being asked to describe the story of a prescribed place (much in the way a map functions) using various visual “sign vehicles.” The place is your choice, either constituting a journey, a small area, or a connected number of locations. Choosing the place is not unimportant, but almost any place will do.

This unit asks you to be observant, to come up with some opinion or conclusion about the place, and to execute a series of projects on the place.

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Create a map of a site, place or journey in whatever medium suits the idea or your interests.