Current collaborative mapping projects, using locative media technologies, have often overlooked the conventions of the basemap as a site for reinvention. Although these projects imagine alternative organizations of urban space through the way it is digitally mapped, they remain bounded by datasets that reinforce a Cartesian and static notion of urban space. This paper questions the methodology of the basemap, as it is utilized in these projects, and proposes alternative tactics for mapping the city.
- Alison Sant, San Francisco, California, USA. Media artist, past Artist in Residence at: Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Headlands Center for the Arts, and the Tryon Center for Visual Art, Current projects include TRACE, supported by the San Francisco Exploratorium and exhibited at ISEA2006, Teaches media and public practice at the California College of the Arts and the San Francisco Art Institute.