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Digital to Analog: Explorations in non-traditional media

Digital to Analog: Explorations in non-traditional media

Matt Dooley, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Using non-traditional media in cartography provides exciting possibilities for engaging map readers. In this presentation, I explore the use of alternative media, namely clay and gun powder, to portray river systems in parts of the Great Plains and Upper Midwest. While not a replacement for standard cartography, I argue that the physicality of tangible media offers unique possibilities that cannot be achieved in the digital realm. These techniques might also provide new opportunities to engage a different kind of map reader, and perhaps, challenge them to see the world differently.

NACIS 2014


Nathaniel V. KELSO

October 10, 2014


  1. University of Wisconsin-River Falls Matt Dooley Digital to Analog Explorations

    in non-traditional media
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  3. Art 227: Introduction to Clay Art 327: Clay Studio I

    Art 427: Clay Studio II
  4. in·∙ves·∙'·∙gate    \in-­‐ˈves-­‐tə-­‐ˌgāt\:   to  try  to  get  informa'on  about

     (someone  who  may  have   done  something  illegal)   Investigate
  5. ges·∙tur·∙al    \ˈjes-­‐chə-­‐rəl,  ˈjesh-­‐\   of,  related  to,  or  consis'ng

     of  gestures  or  characterized  by   vigorous  applica'on  of  paint  and  expressive  brushwork.   Gestural
  6. juxt·∙a·∙pose    \ˈjək-­‐stə-­‐ˌpōz\:   To  place  different  things  together  in

     order  to  create  an   effect  or  to  show  how  they  are  the  same  or  different.   Juxtapose
  7. mull·∙ite    \ˈmə-­‐ˌlīt\:   a  mineral  that  is  an  orthorhombic

     silicate  of  aluminum   which  is  resistant  to  corrosion  and  heat.   Mullite
  8. •  Making Process iterative pace •  Intention deliberate vs. unconsidered

    serendipity •  Craft Traditions technical skill function vs. form •  Critique Learning how to talk about art and maps M. Dooley, 2014 (11.5 x 11.5 x 18”)
  9. 1.  Clay 11 Drainage tiles 2. Mixed media 21 Shoebox

    3. Gunpowder 27 Desiccate Digital to Analog: explorations in non-traditional media……………
  10. “Meat me on the Mississippi” The Secret Atlas of North

    Coast Food (2013)
  11. Drainage Tiles

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  16. ColorBrewer (unplugged)

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  19. “pit decorating”

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  22. concept and mapping scale and relief color and texture  

  23. Shoebox Gallery

  24. Terrestrial & Extra-terrestrial  

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  31. color and texture, image transfer, “trad” vs non-trad…

  32. Desiccate

  33. Claire Fontaine U.S.A.  (burnt/unburnt),  2011,  2013.  

  34. Lynn Speaker Cai Gua-Qiang Impression  of  the  Ninth  Wave,  2014

      Luna,  2014  
  35. Randy Johnston Carson Giblette

  36. gunpowder drawing

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  39. •  scale/format drainage tiles gunpowder maps •  interzone image transfer

    mixed media •  printmaking gunpowder traditional Directions
  40. Thanks UWRF Art & Geography Randy Johnston, Rhonda Willers, Carson

    Giblette Nat Case mattdooleycartography.blogspot.com!
  41. Analog to Digital….