Sunday, September 15, 2013

Geography + digital art= Neogeography

Neogeography has been something that we have been surrounded by since the invention of the internet, and much more so since the invention of the smartphone. Neogeography "explores the perception of the geographical space by purely subjective means, often involving digital art and springs from the Geospatial Web" (Papadimitriou 71). It has made traditional digital cartography more personal and more artistic than it ever has been before.

Neogeography allows the user to utilize different digital mediums other than photography, such as geo-tagging, sound, and video. All of this data becomes digital data encoded and geo-referenced this type of data is central for neogeography.
Fig.1 This figure shows all that can contribute to Neogeography, showing that it can become as creative as the user wants it to be. 


With neogeography, it enhances the historical and cultural aspects of geography on a personal-individual level. Many artistic endeavors such as this website create geographically objective maps by installing spatial interpretations on maps already created. This new form of geography has become a not only a more interactive way to learn about geography, but it now incorporates social aspects in a way that no other mapping software or medium has ever been able to accomplish.

There are many ways in which geograpic mapping can be done, and every day the technologies are become easier and more widespread--allowing the user to branch out and map in any creative way that they so choose.

Papadimitriou, Fivos. "A "Neographical Education"? The Geospatial Web, GIS and Digital Art in Adult Education." International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education 19.1 (2010): 71-74. Routledge. Web. 19 Feb. 2013.


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  2. It'd be nice to read a blurb about neogeography as a technological-social interaction from a philosophical and social criticism (the New Yorker?) perspective, as well as a blurb about neogeography from an aesthetician's point of view.

  3. or art historian.. I'm just wondering about the label "art"

  4. It would be really cool to explore this topic more to see how the historical and cultural aspects are influenced and enhanced. I kind of understand the concept but I'll pick your brain in class!