Making space for imagination can shift research and community planning from a reflective stance to a "future forming" orientation and practice. Cultural mapping is an emerging discourse of collaborative, community-based inquiry and advocacy.

This book looks at artistic approaches to cultural mapping, focusing on imaginative cartography. It emphasizes the importance of creative process that engages with the "felt sense" of community experiences, an element often missing from conventional mapping practices. International artistic contributions in this book reveal the creative research practices and languages of artists, a prerequisite to understanding the multi-modal interface of cultural mapping. The book examines how contemporary artistic approaches can challenge conventional asset mapping by animating and honouring the local, giving voice and definition to the vernacular, or recognizing the notion of place as inhabited by story and history. It explores the processes of seeing and listening and the importance of the aesthetic as a key component of community self-expression and self-representation.

Innovative contributions in this book champion inclusion and experimentation, expose unacknowledged power relations, and catalyze identity formation, through multiple modes of artistic representation and performance. It will be a valuable resource for individuals involved with creative research methods, performance, and cultural mapping as well as social and urban planning.

chapter 1|21 pages

An introduction to the art of cultural mapping

Activating imaginaries and means of knowing

part I|40 pages

Contextual terrain

chapter 2|21 pages

Mapping and contemporary art

chapter 3|17 pages

Shadowing passage

Cultural memory as movement form

part II|61 pages

Self and place

chapter 5|17 pages

Spacing events

Charting choreo-spatial dramaturgies

chapter 6|18 pages

Modeling the organic

Cultural value of independent artistic production

chapter 7|14 pages

Other lives and times in the palace of memory

Walking as a deep-mapping practice

part III|94 pages

Community and place

chapter 8|16 pages

Performative mapping

Expressing the intangible through performance

chapter 9|19 pages


A map of the bonds between inhabitants and landscape

chapter 10|26 pages

Cultural practices and social change

Changing perspectives of the slums in Belo Horizonte through cultural mapping

chapter 11|17 pages

Mapping as a performative process

Some challenges presented by art-led mapping that aims to remain unstable and conversational

chapter 12|14 pages

Mapping the intangibilities of lost places through stories, images, and events

A geoscenography from milieus of development-forced displacement and resettlement

part IV|77 pages

Cultures of place

chapter 13|18 pages

Local flâneury and creative invention

Transforming self and city

chapter 14|14 pages

Exploring routes

Mapping, folklore, digital technology, and communities

chapter 15|25 pages

Folkvine’s three ring circus-y

A model of avant-folk mapping

chapter 16|18 pages

From Earthrise to Google Earth

The vanishing of the vanishing point

part V|16 pages

In closing: artists in conversation

chapter 17|14 pages

Creative cartographies

A roundtable discussion on artistic approaches to cultural mapping