Maps are often passages into other worlds, reflections of the past, gateways to a future. In our latest installment of GeoNYC, we'll be looking how maps can ground us in the perspectives of time through the eyes of practice and theory.
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Eric W. Sanderson [@mannahatta2409]: Before becoming the center of the Western cultural universe, Manhattan was Mannahatta, "Island of many hills," in the language of 17th-century Native Americans. Using computer modeling, painstaking research and a lot of legwork, Senior Conservation Ecologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Eric Sanderson re-envisioned, block by block, the ecology of Manhattan as it was when Henry Hudson first sailed into the forested harbor in 1609. For GeoNYC, Eric will present his latest work Mannahatta2409.org: Where do we go from here? an interactive platform to envision an ecologically sustainable city. Eric is the director of Mannahatta and Welikia Projects, and the author of Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City”and Terra Nova: The New World After Oil, Cars, and Suburbs.
Lize Mogel is a counter-cartographer who uses maps to make visible the physical, political and social systems that make places tick. Her work intersects the fields of popular education, cultural production, progressive policy advocacy, and mapping. She is trained as an artist, and works on social justice issues alongside community advocates and spatial practitioners. She is co-editor of An Atlas of Radical Cartography and co-curator of its related traveling exhibition. She has exhibited and lectured about her work internationally, including in the touring exhibition "Experimental Geography", the Sharjah Biennial (UAE), and at the 2013 Creative Time Summit. Lize will talk about some of her counter-cartographic projects and the political nature of maps. More about her work is at publicgreen.com
Derek Watkins [@dwtkns] works at the intersection of journalism and design to mold spatial information into geographic narratives. He is a Graphics Editor at The New York Times, where he visually explains the news across print and digital media. He holds a Master's in Geography from the University of Oregon, where he researched overlaps between maps, technology, and cultural geography. Find out more at his portfolio of awesomeness.
6:30PM: The Mingle: doors, beer, pizza, people, etc
7:00PM: The Wonder: presentations followed by Q&A
8:30PM+: The celebrations.