I too have followed this post on different lists with much interest as I am currently writing a thesis and a journal article for Cartographic Perspectives on intersections between cartography/art. While I agree that Coco raises important questions about "categories of embodied difference", I find the lack of specific examples in her essay very disappointing. She discusses "new media mantras", "new media culture" and "new media theory" without giving us specific information on what these terms mean to her, who uses these terms and for what purpose. The essay accuses, but it isn't clear who, specifically, is implicated.
The definition of maps as purely spatial presentations of an inherently panoptic and omniscient point of view ignores a whole field of projects that are engaging with geographical location in a way that privileges duration, embodiment, and particularity over the panopticism of traditional "maps". As these projects are shifting the borders and boundaries of art, they are also participating in redefining what constitutes a map and what constitutes a "mapping practice". Many of them critique traditional mapmaking just as Coco does (e.g. what is left off of the map? is a truly important question that many projects _do_ address). These projects are becoming known as Critical Cartography. What is at stake in most of these projects is performance and difference, not representation and identity. These projects use Deleuze's idea of a map as an abstract machine rather than the traditional panoptic, representational map -- "What can we call such a new informal dimension? On one occasion, Foucault gives it its most precise name: it is a 'diagram', that is to say a 'functioning, abstracted from any obstacle =85 or friction and which must be detached from any specific use'. The diagram is no = longer an auditory or visual archive but a map, a cartography that is coextensive with the whole social field. It is an abstract machine. It is a machine that is almost blind and mute, even though it makes others see and speak." =A0Deleuze, Gilles. Foucault. : University of Minnesota Press, 1988. Here is an excellent set of critical cartography links: http://www.16beavergroup.org/links.htm And some other important examples: Glowlab - www.glowlab.com Alex Villar - www.de-tour.org spurse - www.spurse.org Sifting the Inner Belt -- www.siftingtheinnerbelt.com The Institute for Infinitely Small Things - www.infinitelysmallthings.net Following the Man of the Crowd -- http://glowlab.blogs.com/following/ Lee Walton -- www.leewalton.com W.T.L.F.P.A.P.T.O.T.L. -- www.bostonraft.com Natalie Loveless -- www.loveless.ca Psy.Geo.Conflux -- glowlab.blogs.com/psygeocon/ The Institute for Applied Autonomy -- www.appliedautonomy.com Bureau d'Etudes & the Tangential University - utangente.free.fr Cheryl L'Hirondelle -- www.ndnnrkey.net The [EMAIL PROTECTED] - http://www.massmoca.org/visual_arts/interventionists.html Valerie Tevere I am currently working with Denis Wood to compile a catalog of these projects, so please email me more if you know of them. Best, kanarinka On Dec 31, 2004, at 12:28 PM, Aileen Derieg wrote: > Since Coco Fusco first posted her article "Questioning the Frame" to > the faces list, I have been fascinated by the diversity of responses across > various different mailing lists. Comparing the different responses from > different lists, though, something is bothering me. <...> # distributed via <nettime>: no commercial use without permission # <nettime> is a moderated mailing list for net criticism, # collaborative text filtering and cultural politics of the nets # more info: [EMAIL PROTECTED] and "info nettime-l" in the msg body # archive: http://www.nettime.org contact: email@example.com