Response to reading: Mapping as agency

Mapping has the power to uncover the world we do not know, visualising the unseen part of the world. Just like the sentence in the article “The Agency of mapping”. “Mapping precipitates its most productive effects through a finding that is also a foundinG; its agency lies in neither reproduction nor imposition but rather in uncovering realities previously unseen or unimagined”. Besides uncover the unseen part of the world, I think is also important to not just tracing the information but finding potential within the act of mapping. Corner emphasized in the book refering Felix Guttari’s declare: ”Make a map not a tracing!”.

To explore potential of mapping as agency, another aspect is to set up the tabel and measurement to allow cartographer to “select”, “isolate”, in order to find potential to exploer. This method gives cartographer free will to freely design mapping within the context setting up. New perspective will generate thourgh the process of mapping. Both “conceptual” and “spatially”, it creates new possibility for viewer to uncover.

Mapping has its agency and position within the mind of cartographer, the process of mapping and revealing the information itself is a act of subjectively chosing. It contains with certain sociopolitical views, strategic selections, imaginative possibilities. With the production of mapping, generally, two results of mapping are produced after the process: “Quantitative” and “Thematic”. Wheather what the results are, the production of mapping are gradually reveal during the process of selection, schematization and synthesis.

Mapping has the power to move beyond mapping itselves. when tracing back to colonial era, maps created to be demonstrate power and surveillance. As times goes on, when zoing code were introduced, we tend to create maps to demonstrate time and space. Besides, maps as a knowledge of science is also important status within the history context. Here, Cosgrove argue about the possibility that we might able to present both power and science. To reassemble to possibility of mapping as a agent to cover the complexity layers of society and geography.

I think Corner specifically offer methodologies for cartographer to synthesize the complexity of mapping and political act into another dimension of realm. In terms for future development for water tunnel 3. I think it has the potential to perform political and public perspective within mapping with three dimentional drawing into another narrative that tells the story of the project, it will open up the new imaginatiom for the public to understand the project.

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