Spring 2018

…if one takes the “map” in its current geographical form, we can see that in the course of the period marked by the birth of modern scientific discourse (i.e., from the fifteenth to the seventeenth century) the map has slowly disengaged itself from the itineraries that were a condition of its possibility. (Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life, 1984)

The itinerary, or “tour,” documents, or proposes, a journey. It includes places visited, actual and figurative, situated within a narrative of connected events and experiences. Rather than autonomous measures, as presented in the “map,” space and time are embedded in a complex, operational structure. The seminar will explore the itinerary, in lieu of the map, as an approach to spatial representation.

Students will be introduced to texts (philosophy, travel journals, narratives) and images (maps) to cultivate informed investigations of representation. Cartographic resources at the Harry Ransom Center and the Benson Latin American Collection will be referenced. Paralleling the readings and discussions will be a sustained “drawing” project as a means for each student to develop a journey of their own.

Open to students in Architecture and students in other disciplines per my approval. Please email wiedemann@utexas.edu  Prerequisites: Undergraduates and graduates must successfully complete the Visual Communication sequences. ARC 311K/311L/221K and ARC 381D/381F, respectively, with a C or better.