A Belated Round-Up of Our Final Projects

Alice, a media studies student, drew inspiration from Bill Rankin’s Midwest map in examining the many ways of conceiving of Washington, D.C.: by land use, through demographics and deeds, by regarding its avenues as a microcosm of the nation’s geography, etc.

Alie, an urbanist, mapped geographies of sexual harrassment and spaces of avoidance.

Alyssa, a creative technologist, began with the realization that most New Yorkers hate Times Square, and decided to map it — through a Dante-themed walking tour, collage videos, projection mapping, etc. — “in an attempt to be endeared by it.”

Do-Hyeong, an anthropologist, transformed her ethnographic research on Jeju Island into concrete poetry and cartographic text art that captured “the porosity of the island’s various boundaries [and] foreground[d] the acts and relations that constitute a place, always fragile and in flux.”

Ella, also an anthropologist, used sculpture, collage, “deep maps,” field recordings and soil samples to create a more-than-human historical and ecological map of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.

Olivia created a participatory map of queer rural life

Laura, a media studies student, examined the connections between geologic surveying and mineral extraction.

Liam created a sound map and set of videos — including an autoethnographic film-map — that examined the distinctive culture of New York’s bodegas.

Drawing inspiration from Jenny Odell’s work, Maha, an urbanist, examined the transformation of Qatar through formal extractions from Google Maps.

Manon’s atlas — a collection of cartographic collages, data visualizations, and audio work — explored “the historical, financial, power, racial, class, and emotional dimensions at play in the reengineering of Paris’ metropolitan area for the 2024 Olympics and the Grand Paris, and its implications for future territorial transformations.”

Marike, an anthropologist, wanted to understand the geographies of deportation and experimented with illustration and sound to capture the ethical risks of conducting ethnographic research with vulnerable populations.

Minsoo, also an anthropologist, used timelines and GIS and text art to understand transnational movement in cross-border marriage.

Monise, an urban policy student, experimented with different cartographic techniques to capture various women’s affective experiences of their respective cities.

Simone used various mapping tools and media to conduct a series of “performative walks” around different Brooklyn neighborhoods.

Sur created an atlas that proposed various methods for analyzing “transmedia” narratives.

And finally, Teresa experimented with different visualization strategies — illustration, video, GIS, photo documentation — to examine how different public spaces in New York either support or deny people’s human rights.