Cartography and Art by William Cartwright, Georg Gartner, Antje Lehn (auth.)

By William Cartwright, Georg Gartner, Antje Lehn (auth.)

This e-book is the fruition of labor from members to the artwork and Cartography: Cartography and paintings symposium held in Vienna in February 2008. This assembly introduced jointly cartographers who have been attracted to the layout and aesthetics parts of cartography and artists who use maps because the foundation for his or her paintings or who contain position and area of their expressions. the end result of bringing jointly those like minds culminated in a superb occasion, spanning 3 evenings and days within the Austrian capital. Papers, exhi- tions and installations supplied a discussion board for appreciating the endeavors of artists and cartographers and their representations of geography. in addition to indulging in an expansive and expressive party attendees have been capable of re? ect on their lonesome paintings and speak about comparable parts in each one other’s paintings. It additionally allowed cartographers and artists to debate the potential of collaboration in destiny examine and improvement. To realize the signi? cance of this occasion, paper authors have been invited to extra advance their paintings and give a contribution chapters to this booklet. We think that this booklet marks either a signi? cant party in Vienna and a place to begin for destiny collabo- tive efforts among artists and cartographers. The editors want to recognize the paintings of Manuela Schmidt and Felix Ortag, who undertook the duty of the layout and structure of the chapters.

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Considering that Cartography has been described in terms of science, art and technology, it is perhaps necessary to re-visit the description in the light of the application of computer technologies. Is cartography any different when delivered using computer-driven devices? Does cartography need to be re-defined because of the revolution that has taken place with both the way in which information is now communicated and the type of information that can be transferred, almost instantaneously, globally?

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What is clearly evident in cartography is that the visual and semantic properties of reality are transformed: the ‘viewpoint’ is not realistic (it is orthographic and geometrical transformations are applied to effect it), the real-world features are generalised and symbolised, there is no attempt to give a feeling of immersion, and the viewer’s perception is challenged by the symbolised representation which results from the cartographer’s creativity. To me, therefore, it is clear that cartography is primarily a set of transformations of spatial data, and the cartographic process is consequently data-driven.

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