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CURATING THE TERRAIN a shaded relief narrative

CURATING THE TERRAIN a shaded relief narrative

Travis White, University of Kansas
Aaron Taveras, Map Design Studio
NACIS 2014

The authors have been invited to develop an exhibit on cartographic terrain representation for the University of Kansas Art & Design Gallery in the fall of 2014. Our goals for this exhibit are twofold: first, we wish to engage our audience in the processes used to transform "real" physical environments into cartographic depictions of those environments; second, we wish to challenge conventional notions about how the physical environment "should" appear on maps by comparing a variety of quantitative and artistic techniques for displaying topographic features. This talk follows the development of this exhibit from conception to actualization, drawing upon our own work and our key inspirations.

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Nathaniel V. KELSO

October 10, 2014
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  1. CURATING THE TERRAIN a shaded relief narrative Travis White, University

    of Kansas Aaron Taveras, Map Design Studio | NACIS 2014
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  4. Ambitions & Expectations

  5. Challenge depiction & reality

  6. Challenge depiction & reality Reveal abstraction & expression

  7. Challenge depiction & reality Reveal abstraction & expression Invite Exploration

    active & passive
  8. THE GALLERY & AUDIENCE

  9. University of Kansas Art and Design Gallery Floor Plan East

    Gallery West Gallery 20’ 11” 28’ 8” 22’ 10” 9’ 11” 28’ 8” 6’ 28’ 8” 48’ 11”
  10. KU ART & DESIGN GALLERY EAST

  11. KU ART & DESIGN GALLERY WEST

  12. KU ART & DESIGN GALLERY WEST

  13. SPACE 1 Time, Shadows, & Experience

  14. University of Kansas Art and Design Gallery Floor Plan East

    Gallery West Gallery 20’ 11” 28’ 8” 22’ 10” 9’ 11” 28’ 8” 6’ 28’ 8” 20’ 11” 28’ 8” 22’ 10” West Gallery Space 1: West Gallery (all walls)
  15. Consider that what we perceive… Mount Saint Helens, light altitude

    angle today at 12pm EST
  16. …must differ from what we depict. Mount Saint Helens, light

    out of place & out of time
  17. Explorations demand comparison

  18. Hawai’i Volcanoes NP, direct illumination, once per hour, 21st of

    each month
  19. Yosemite Valley, direct illumination, once per hour, 21st of each

    month
  20. Mount Saint Helens, direct illumination, once per hour, 21st of

    each month
  21. Mount Drum, AK, direct illumination, once per hour, 21st of

    each month
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  23. What do these patterns reveal? What do our conventions imply?

  24. SPACE 2 Reality > Abstraction > Interpretation

  25. University of Kansas Art and Design Gallery Floor Plan East

    Gallery West Gallery 20’ 11” 28’ 8” 22’ 10” 9’ 11” 28’ 8” 6’ 28’ 8” 48’ 11” East Gallery Space 2: East Gallery (east wall)
  26. Visualizing our interpretive workflow

  27. Static, superficial “reality”

  28. The DEM, a numerical abstraction

  29. Gray relief

  30. Color relief

  31. Global shadowing

  32. Peak / high elevation shadowing

  33. “Natural” yellow illumination

  34. Global (diffuse & indirect) lightening

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  36. SPACE 3 Examining Conventions

  37. University of Kansas Art and Design Gallery Floor Plan East

    Gallery West Gallery 20’ 11” 28’ 8” 22’ 10” 9’ 11” 28’ 8” 6’ 28’ 8” East Gallery 9’ 11” 28’ 8” 6’ 28’ 8” Space 3: East Gallery (north & south)
  38. Graubünden (SW) and Ticino, Switzerland, 1963 Eduard Imhof & Heinz

    Leuzinger, ETH Zurich Courtesy of Shaded Relief Archive Project
  39. Colorado Ellen Kuzdro Courtesy of Shaded Relief Archive Project

  40. United States–Schutzler, 1965 Herwig G. Schutzler Courtesy of Shaded Relief

    Archive Project
  41. Bathymetric Chart of the Northwest Pacific, 1953 Japanese Hydrographic Office

    Photograph by A. Taveras & T. White, Map courtesy of G. McCleary
  42. Denali National Park, 2012 National Park Service Courtesy of the

    NPS
  43. Aniakchak National Monument Panorama, 2010 National Park Service Courtesy of

    the NPS
  44. SPACE 4 Tactile & Interactive Exploration

  45. University of Kansas Art and Design Gallery Floor Plan East

    Gallery West Gallery 20’ 11” 28’ 8” 22’ 10” 9’ 11” 28’ 8” 6’ 28’ 8” East Gallery West Gallery Space 4: Floorspace
  46. Atlas of Switzerland, 1965 Director: Eduard Imhof Photograph by A.

    Taveras & T. White, Atlas courtesy of T.R. Smith Map Collection Casual Perusal
  47. Atlas of Switzerland, 1965 Director: Eduard Imhof Photograph by A.

    Taveras & T. White, Atlas courtesy of T.R. Smith Map Collection Casual Perusal
  48. Landforms of the United States, 1957 Erwin J. Raisz Photograph

    by A. Taveras & T. White, Map courtesy of G. McCleary Active Exploration & Comparison
  49. Photograph by A. Taveras & T. White, Stereoscope courtesy of

    KU Geography Dept. Stereoscopic Exploration
  50. Interactive Engagement

  51. Aaron Taveras, aaron@mapdesignstudio.co mapdesignstudio.co Travis White, tmwhite@ku.edu @visualvariable (I’m a

    lurker only) THANK YOU & enjoy the conference