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Paredes,Brandon Arch4365 FI20 Reading07 Owen

Paredes 1
Brandon Paredes
Josh Nason
ARCH 4365
Dec. 3, 2020
Mapping GNS
In this reading Owen explains that mapping is more closely related to a snapshot of a time and place
rather than a story of history and future. In that sense, mapping has no end and no beginning he explains, and in
the specific notions of transportation, communication and networking, the connective systems are the main
characters at play as they reveal that space and time are full of tangible data that is only relevant to one as an
individual experience and that mapping may be a step in sharing those experiences with one another.
One main concept that Owen explains is the abstraction of mapping by means of materialistic
suspension or extraction of setting. In different words he explains that maps can remove the reality of the
physical such as taking the airplane path of a fighter jet out of the air or the interpretation of cargo ship
movement out of the water. Thus, the physical denotation of those acts are abstracted into layers of connective
information that becomes laid out in a formulated way so that things such as symbols and text become more
through language, feeling and thought.
Owen then brings it back to the fundamentals of denotation such as scale, orientation and projection, to
connect this idea of subjective narratives within maps. This I find very interesting in terms of reasoning
inexplicable vs. fact. Mapping then becomes only but a tool for exploration and less of a tool for dissection. It
seems as if one must create some impossible mid ground of information in order to create a truly non-subjective
map. When communicating truth through recollection, narrative is forced in mapping; is mapping more human
than computational or when does abstraction create untold and non-subjective depictions.
Whether it’s through digital technology, scribed notational graphic systems or computational
production, I believe that Owen argues representational mapping of any kind positions and formulates our own
senses of place, position and things so that a relationship is forged between logical and physical connected
between us and the map.