From Bateson’s the map is not the territory

… to evolving definitions of the locative

We say the map is different from the territory. But what is the territory? Operationally, somebody went out with a retina or a measuring stick and made representations which were then put on paper. What is on the paper map is a representation of what was in the retinal representation of the man who made the map; and as you push the question back, what you find is an infinite regress, an infinite series of maps. The territory never gets in at all. […] Always, the process of representation will filter it out so that the mental world is only maps of maps, ad infinitum.”from wikipedia

In Geograffiti as the digital production of nomadic space Marc Tuters explores

the postmodern trope in which the map has replaced the territory is posited by some as a problem resulting in a decentred subject who is thus unable to map her position in a world in such flux. Borrowing metaphors from postmodern theory, this article develops the notion of a user-generated cartography wherein we can inscribe a one-to-one scale map of space with a multitude of ‘other’ places.

His article attempts to bring together short clips of recent postmodern and -structural thinkers in a way to point to some reason to try the attempt to gain back some territory .. or at least not to lose the ability of the idea of mapping totally to military and surveilling issues….

Jameson claims that the urban ‘hyperspaces’ of multinational capitalism have undergone a “mutation in the object, unaccompanied as yet by any equivalent mutation in the subject” (Jameson in Leach 243), “ending the capacity of the individual human body to locate itself… and cognitively to map its position…(in) the great global multinational and de-centered communication network in which we find ourselves caught as individual subjects” (Jameson in Leach 1998, p. 244).
…. read more
Print Friendly, PDF & Email