Production 7

For this production, I am asking you to further develop and ‘do’ the practices discussed in class this week and in the reading: explore community and culture; apply multimodal modes of ‘embodied inquiry’; and (re)map and/or tell stories of place using KnightLab tools (story map and/or juxtaposition tool).

Option 1: Based on the reading, do a similar place-based exploration of a community that examines and explores gaps between ‘mapped worlds’ (in visualization media) and experience ‘on the ground’.

Following our discussion in class, explore a community, or a small section of Toronto, or another city, globally, of interest to you, that you know from ‘on the ground’ experience, or want to further explore. Based on the reading, examine: toponyms and odonyms and other ‘points of interest’ (as represented by the visualization media).

  • What story or (his)stories of community are encoded into the maps (at the level of municipal place naming, artefacts, monuments; or at the level of representation as co-decided by the mapping tool)?
  • What kinds of images, public (or institutional) place names, odoynms are in play, and how do they ‘narrate’ place or community (spatially)? Do a few keyword searches on ‘banal’ toponyms or odonyms to consider who/what is being represented historically?

Now, hit the street (if possible and if safe) to document place or community (or use any archived images you have from personal experience). Use the reading as a methodological and theoretical scaffolding for you re/mapping adventure. Collect data (from maps and your experience) and then tell your ‘new’ multimodal story of community using the mapping tool and/or the juxtaposition tool from the site below.

https://knightlab.northwestern.edu/projects/#storytelling

This production need not be as extensive as the RE/MAP project in the article. However, it will require you to extend ideas and practices from our class discussion (which were great). Consider multimodal phenomena (material, semiotic, visual culture, architecture, city organization, audio-sound based experience, aromatic experience) and also consider how you might utilize juxtaposition techniques vis a vis ‘comparative’ and/or critical analysis (see ‘dialectical images’ in the reading).

Option 2: Pitch me an idea (email) on how you would like to use these tools in your current situation, based on your current interests…or explore a way the mapping tool might connect with your final project (e.g., a map-based memoir; or exploring the backstory or history and cultural contexts of your multimodal project; or you can use the tools to explore multimodal and pluralingual communication through map-based story-telling).

Slide Deck:

Whatever your path, consider the key themes from the reading as you story, map, and juxtapose…