By Hiyashi on 25/09/2011
A small group of people came to MadLab for a low-key mapping party on the weekend of 17-18 September, as part of the celebration of 2011 Software Freedom Day (SFD). We took some prints from Walkingpapers and went around Northern Quarter.
One of the participants said that mapping allowed him to see the city he is so familiar with from different perspectives. He has heard that in the city centre there is very few public seating areas and a massive amount of CCTVs at every corner, so he paid particular attention to those objects. Mapping the locations of CCTVs and benches (public seating areas) politicises the map, and reflects the mapper’s concerns about a big brother society made of ubiquitous CCTVs and about lack of public seating space in an urban environment. (more…)