Anne Nigten

Beyond the Metaphor: Dynamic Mental Maps

Lecture given at the symposium "Mapping"

Anne Nigten

Anne Nigten

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In the field of mapping several categories may be distinguished, from information visualization maps, notation systems, the cartographic map to the associative or mental map. All these maps represent a certain reality, often based on a specific domain or discipline. E.g; Information visualization often offers a sliced or framed view based on statistics, cartographic maps represent a certain view based on the geographic aspects of our environment. Many mental maps offer a personal, emotional or artistic view on abstract data or information without any equivalent in our physical reality or according to a specific subjective interpretation of our life. “Beyond the metaphor: dynamic mental maps” deals with concepts of associative or mental maps in several artistic and community projects. Special attention will be paid to contextualization: the flexible gamut of meaning, the metadata and its (side) effects relevant for communication purposes. This presentation will approach the subject from an interdisciplinary perspective, including case studies developed or presented at V2 in Rotterdam (NL).

Artists / Authors



Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (ZKM)


Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Lorenzstrasse 19, 76135 Karlsruhe, Germany

Partners / Sponsors

Goethe-Institute and the German Ministry of Research and Education BMBF.




, Apr 21, 2004