Mapping in art

Authored by: Inge Panneels

The Routledge Handbook of Mapping and Cartography

Print publication date:  October  2017
Online publication date:  October  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138831025
eBook ISBN: 9781315736822
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Since the 1960s contemporary visual artists have increasingly been using maps and mapping strategies in their work as part of a post-modern idiom. The ‘expanded field’ started to define both arts practice and theory with ideas, which are traditionally geographical terms; notions of space, place and site. Artists creating work informed by the locale have turned artists into producers of new knowledge, of makers of alternative forms of data, and this has been a key factor in the changing field of geography itself (Hawkins, 2014). This chapter will explore how and why artists use maps and mapping and where this trend in mapping in art is heading.

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