‘The World As I Remember It’ — Workshop on Mapping and Memory

Posted on October 2013

“I started with the Black and Caspian seas, because these are the places I connect to”
“The outlines are completely mysterious for me”
“Sometimes you have memory of places and sometimes the memory of the map”
“Maybe it’s here? — Maybe not…”

On the 11th November David Normington conducted a workshop ‘The World As I Remember It’ in collaboration with the EMPIRICA Research group. The above quotes come from discussions reflecting upon map drawing exercises exploring the cognitive shape of Europe, and how our personal backgrounds change that shape. The active and motivated participants helped to raise important questions and points about our differing view of the world, and have led to some fascinating data that will be used as part of my continuing research at the Köln International School of Design.

Many thanks to all the participants of the workshop!

Anyone interested in contributing to the research or to discuss the topic is welcome to contact David at david.normington@gmail.com.

David Normington is an MA student from the Köln International School of Design in Cologne, Germany.

He uses experimental design research methods to explore the cultural differences in the representation of maps, and is conducting several workshops around Europe. Workshop included map-drawing exercises, discussions about the influence of design on how we see the world and was followed by presentation of David’s experimental mapping projects.