Liz Henry, adacamp Tactile Map, via Flickr, CC BY-ND 2.0

This week we’ll think about spatial experiences and phenomena that exceed the visual; what ways of knowing and being they embody; and how we might develop cartographic forms that do justice to their multisensoriality. We’ll also explore the work of various artists who work with cartographic forms and consider how scholars, activists, and more traditional mapmakers can learn from their practice.


  • Map Critiques #5: Mariana, Jessie, Angelica, Bhavya, Franzi
  • Reading Discussion
  • Map Lab #4: small group activity (described in the slide deck below) 


……On Sensory Mapping:

……On the Mapping Arts:

Supplemental Resources: 

  • Stuart C. Aitken & James Craine, “Affective Geovisualizations,” Directions Magazine (2006) [on film and video games as conduits for affect].
  • *Isobel Anderson, “Soundmapping Beyond the Grid: Alternative Cartographies of Sound,” Journal of Sonic Studies 11 (August 2015).
  • Jennifer Arnott, “Tactile Maps and Teaching Maps Skills,” Perkins School for the Blind eLearning (May 31, 2018).
  • William J. Broad, “A Rising Tide of Noise Is Now Easy to See,” New York Times (December 10, 2012) + National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Cetacean & Sound Mapping.
  • Giuliana Bruno, “Art of Mapping” In An Atlas of Emotions: Journeys in Art, Architecture, and Film (New York: Verso, 2002): 205-245.
  • Sébastien Caquard & D.R. Fraser Taylor, “What Is Cinematic Cartography?” The Cartographic Journal 46:1 (2009): 5-8.
  • Tom Conley, Cartographic Cinema (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007).
  • Denis E. Cosgrove, “Maps, Mapping, Modernity: Art and Cartography in the Twentieth Century,” Imago Mundi 57 (2005): 35-54. 
  • Cindy Dampier, “Chicago Stinks, Especially in Summer: Find Out What Your Neighborhood Smells Like,” Chicago Tribune (July 27, 2018).
  • Catherine D’Ignazio, “Art and Cartography” in The Encyclopedia of Human Geography (New York: Elsevier, 2009): 190-206
  • Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren F. Klein, “Feminist Data Visualization,” IEEE Vis (2016).
  • Milena Droumeva, “Soundmapping as Critical Cartography: Engaging Publics in Listening to the Environment,” Communication and the Public 2:4 (2017): 335-51.
  • Noémie Fargier, “Global Sound Archive: Soundmaps Projects and the Perspective of Future” in Humanities of the Future (IASH, 2020): 83-97. 
  • Jonathan Flatley, “Affective Mapping” In Affective Mapping: Melancholia and the Politics of Modernism (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2008): 76-84.
  • Jen Jack Gieseking, “Operating Anew: Queering GIS with Good Enough Software,” The Canadian Geographer 62:1 (2018): 55-66.
  • *Jessica Hamilton, “Tactile Map Tile: Working Toward Inclusive Cartography,” ASLA 2017 Student Awards (2017).
  • Joe Hamilton, Indirect Flights (2015).
    Katherine A. Harmon, The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2009).
  • Katharine Harmon, You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2004).
  • Victoria Henshaw, Urban Smellscapes: Understanding and Designing City Smell Environments (New York: Routledge, 2014).
  • Olalekan Jeyifous
  • Max Levin, “Sounding the Anthropocene,” Silica Magazine (May 25, 2020). 
  • Laura Lo Presti, “Extroverting Cartography: ‘Seensing’ Maps and Data Through Art,” Journal of Research and Didactics in Geography 2:7 (December 2018). 
  • Mapping the Senses,” Sensory Think Tank. 
  • **Betsy Mason, “All Over the Map,” Talk @ David Rumsey Map Center (June 2, 2020) < video: 59:12 >. 
  • Shannon Mattern, “Infrastructural Tourism,” Places (July 2013).
  • Kate McLean, “Emotion, Location and the Senses: A Virtual Dérive Smell Map of Paris,” Out of Control, Proceedings of the International Design and Emotion Conference, London, 2012.
  • *Peter McMurray, “Ephemeral Cartography: On Mapping Sound,” Sound Studies 4:2 (2018): 110-42. 
  • Kate McLean, “Sensory Maps” in A. Kobayashi, International Encyclopedia of Human Geography (Elsevier, 2020). 
  • Christian Nold, biomapping.
  • Hans Ulrich Obrist, Ed., Mapping It Out: An Alternative Atlas of Contemporary Cartographies (London: Thames & Hudson, 2014)
  • Karen O’Rourke, Walking and Mapping: Artists as Cartographers (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2013). 
  • Gascia Ouzounian, “Acoustic Mapping: Notes from the Interface” in Matthew Gandy & BJ Nilsen, Eds., The Acoustic City (Berlin: Jovis, 2014): 164-73.
  • OWjL Summer Program, “Sensory Mapping,” Mapping Weird Stuff (2009).
  • Danielle Quercia, Luca Maria Aiello, and Rossano Schifanella, “Mapping Towards a Good City Life,” Journal of Urban Design and Mental Health 3:3 (2017) [connecting affect to cognitive mapping].
  • D.M. Ribiero and S. Caquard, “Cartography and Art” in John P. Wilson, ed., The Geographic Information Science & Technology Body of Knowledge (2018). 
  • Eric Rodenbeck, “Introducing the Atlas of Emotions, Our New Project with the Dalai Lama and Paul & Eve Ekman,” Medium (April 26, 2016) + Nicolette Hayes’ post  + Paul Ekman’s Atlas of Emotions.
  • Tania Rossetto, Object-Oriented Cartography: Maps as Things (Routledge, 2019).
  • Tania Rossetto, “The Skin of the Map: Viewing Cartography Through Tactile Empathy,” Environment and Planning D [online first] (2018): 1-21.
  • Aaron Rothman, with Mishka Henner, Daniel Leivick & Clement Valla, “Beyond Google Earth,” Places (May 2015).
  • Thomas Stubblefield, “In Pursuit of Other Networks: Drone Art and Accelerationist Aesthetics” in Lisa Parks and Caren Kaplan, eds., Life in the Age of Drone Warfare (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2017); 195-219.
  • Samuel Thulin, “Sound Maps Matter: Expanding Cartophony,” Social & Cultural Geography 19:2 (2018): 192-210.
  • The Trouble With Sound Maps,” London Sound Survey (May 25, 2015).
  • Albertus van der Westhuizen, “Artist as Cartographer: A Visual and Semiotic Analysis of Map-Based Artworks,” Dissertation, University of Johannesburg. 
  • Emilio Vavarella, “On Counter-Mapping and Media-Flanerie: Artistic Strategies in the Age of Google Earth…,” in Sita Popat and Sarah Whatley, eds., Error, Ambiguity, and Creativity (Springer, 2020): 137-66. 
  • Visual Editions, Ed., Where You Are: A Book Of Maps That Will Leave You Completely Lost (London: Visual Editions, 2013) [see also the lovely print edition]*
  • Jacqueline Waldock, “Soundmapping: Critiques and Reflections on This New Publicly Engaging Medium,” Journal of Sonic Studies 1:1 (October 2011).
  • David Weimer, “To Touch a Sighted World: Tactile Maps in the Early Nineteenth Century,” Winterthur Portfolio 51: 2/3 (2017): 135-58.
  • Denis Wood, “Map Art” Cartographic Perspectives 53 (Winter 2006): 5-14.
  • Denis Wood, “Map Art: Stripping the Mast from the Map” in Rethinking the Power of Maps (New York: Guilford Press, 2010): 189-230.
  • David Woodward, Art and Cartography: Six Historical Essays (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987).
  • Genevieve Yue, “Errant Pixels: The Sight Specificity of Satellite,” ASAP/Journal 2:3 (September 2017): 677-708.