Mapping as a Painterly Mode
I would like to present a paper on the social value of mapping in works of art. the paper begins as a critique of narrative and expressive models of art, then turns to the variety of ways maps have presented information while also in intriguing ways honoring the claim that visual art has to foreground the nature of the medium. Mapping continues ironic plays on flatness that begin with Jasper Johns; but now the flatness turns out to be a way for art to make direct social commentary while honoring an entirely visual medium. More generally one can argue that art matters because it keeps inventing ways of being self-conscious about its medium so that it can produce self-consciousness in its audience about social facts those in power would prefer to hide. Seeing in and seeing through are closely related.
Keywords: Mapping, Narrativity, Visual Information
Prof. Charles Altieri
Professor, English, UC Berkeley