Counter-cartography

Mapping power as collective practice

Authored by: Mesquita (translated by Victoria Esteves) André

The Routledge Companion To Media And Activism

Print publication date:  March  2018
Online publication date:  March  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138202030
eBook ISBN: 9781315475059
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315475059-28

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Abstract

How can collective mapping practices help artists and social movements to build broader ­communal and popular collaboration, to produce autonomous knowledge? Subverted by use, cartography as a purely specialized, academic and scientific activity, turned solely inwards towards its own discipline’s issues and problems, has been radically changed in the last decades through the actions of artist-activists who have dedicated themselves to mapping out conflicts, power networks and invisible geographies. Maps became potential tools of resistance and free ­distribution of images, methodologies, critical reflections and concepts.

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