Liquid Shadows: Analogue Interactive Maps for Conversation

Year: 2016-2017
Type: Print 
For: Undergraduate Thesis

(OCAD University) 

Role: Research and Design

Instructors: Patricio Davila and Sheila Sampath

Light Table Size: 4' x 2' 

Map Size: Ranging from 11'' x 20 to 11'' x 11''


Challenge

Create a body of work that challenges the public’s understanding of land. The ecology of land, such as how animals and water move through a space. The history of land, such as who's history is remembered. The interconnectedness of land, how does ecology and history interact with the land. And the limitations of land, what barriers limit someone or something to travel or understand the land.


Insight 

Maps are tools for understanding and interpreting the world around us. Governments and corporations use maps to claim land and resources. In opposition, “counter-maps” can be used to bring awareness to underlying issues ignored by power structures.


Solution

Liquid Shadows is a counter-cartographic interactive installation inviting the public to examine ten overlapping translucent maps of the Lower Humber River. The intention of these maps is to start conversations on how one place can be seen through alternative perspectives. 

 

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Addressing the Surface 

Type: Print 
For: Edgar Baculi, Master of Spatial Analysis (MSA) Candidate, Ryerson University 

Role: Concept, Consultation, and Design

Light Table Size: 4' x 2' 

Map Size: 8.5" x 11''


Challenge

Edgar, a Ryerson Masters Candidate was impressed by Liquid Shadows and asked me to collaborate with him to create an innovative project for a project an exhibition celebrating digital mapping. He wanted to use method of using a light box and transparency to show overlapping spatial data. 


Insight 

Edgar wanted to highlight that governments, corporations, and organizations are sharing open data to be more transparent and enable the public to hold institutions accountable. The management of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation often keeps information away from it tenants. As a resident of social housing, Edgar Baculi has witnessed a number of lived experiences that are common to social housing tenants. These include the struggle of paying rent and finding cooling relief during the hot summer months. 


Solution

Addressing the Surface is an unbound interactive analogue atlas thats attracts the public to explore, interpret and discuss open data relating to people living in Toronto Community Housing Co (TCH). The open data is presented on 12 maps, each printed on a single transparent sheet for the public to overlap and interpret.  Each map has an interpretive question pertaining to the data to help initiate conversations. Originally the project was shown to his class and later was exhibited at the 2018 Nuit Rose Festival.



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