Moreland: representing place through alternative cartographic practice

Frost, B 2016, Moreland: representing place through alternative cartographic practice, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Media and Communication, RMIT University.

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Title Moreland: representing place through alternative cartographic practice
Author(s) Frost, B
Year 2016
Abstract The Moreland City Council is a local government area located approximately six kilometres north of Melbourne’s CBD. Once part of the first European settlement in Victoria, today Moreland is one of Australia’s most densely populated and culturally diverse urban environments. It is a lively, changeful assemblage of ‘more-ness’, a palimpsest of histories, stories and multiple human and more-than-human events, actors and points of view.

This practice-led research project aims to outline a range of alternative cartographic practices for mapping the more-ness of Moreland in a personal, poetic and ‘more-ly’ way. The central contention of this project is that place is produced by the intersection of multiple spatial, temporal and cultural factors (de Certeau 1984; Massey 2005). It argues that place is important to us because it is the materially inscribed and psycho-geographical embodiment of our passage through the world (Debord 1956). That is, as we make place, so place makes us (Grosz 1999; Morris 2004). It proposes that mapping, whether literal, figurative or imaginative, is one of the fundamental ways in which we organise knowledge to represent and ‘make sense’ of place (Solnit 2010, Turchi 2004). The rationale for making a poetic map is premised on the fact that conventional maps are inherently exclusionary; that they deliberately and intentionally omit facts, perspectives and points of view not central to their purpose (Cosgrove 2005; Hegglund 2003). By moving beyond conventional cartographic practice, this project aims to offer a more diverse, plural and inclusive ‘map’ of Moreland.

The research approach is framed by three key questions: How might the creative practitioner theorise a method for mapping place through alternative cartographic practice? What creative strategies, practical interventions and critical frameworks might assist in the representation of place in more diverse and inclusive ways? And, how can the poetic form be used as an instrument of alternative cartographic practice to represent the more-ness of Moreland?

In terms of addressing these questions within a practice-led research model, this project observes the principle that ‘the creative higher degree needs to be understood not as research about art – the province of the theorist or critic – but art practice undertaken as research’ (Fletcher & Mann 2004). This view proposes that art is research and that artistic production is fundamentally an interrogation of the pervading ideas, questions or thematic preoccupations that imbibe creative work. The nexus between these approaches is demonstrated in my research outcomes, which are presented in two separate but interconnected parts (Part one – Moreland: A poetic map and Part two – Moreland: An iterative, interdisciplinary approach).
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Media and Communication
Keyword(s) cultural geography
creative cartography
visual ethnography
sensory ethnography
mobile ethnography
new materialism
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