Through the Looking-map. Mapping as a milieu of individuation
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: Through the Looking-map. Mapping as a milieu of individuation
: Mario Neve
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Mapping is not merely making maps. As demonstrated by a rich literature,
mapping is an ancient cognitive activity, and its complexity as a process explains
how troubling has always been for scholars to define it starting from the map as an
object: indeed, mapping is quite an absolute metaphor in Hans Blumenberg's
Its main role has concerned (and still concerns) the production and conveying
of spatial information. Spatial information is one of the most vital kinds of information
for gathering and keeping human groups together, as far as relationships in
their widest sense are involved.
The present essay aims at showing how mapping works in setting milieus of
individuation (following the insightful work of Simondon). In drawing mainly on
the Simondon's concept of invention (along with the most recent literature on
mapping), it is possible to show that the mapping is the leading information infrastructure
at the root of the production of spatial information, that this feature has
been made possible by the chimeric nature of mapping (combining logic and analogy),
and that the radical novelty of the Geo-Web is based on the would-be solution
to a problem already existing in the earliest examples of mapping.
: Simondon, individuation, mapping, place/space, knowledge/practices
||Department of Cultural Heritage, University of Bologna, Ravenna Campus, Ravenna|
: Sarti, Alessandro, Montanari, Federico, Galofaro, Francesco (Eds.)
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