a brief list of questions useful as a starting point for some map-making:

The Process:

  • Who will be mapping, why and for what purpose?
  • Does the group have common interests, values or desires?
  • Is there a pre-decided theme, or will it be worked out as part of the process?
  • Who and what will be invited and included, or perhaps implicitly excluded, and on what grounds?
  • Is the space physically accessible to everyone who might attend, and can childcare be included if necessary?
  • Are there any formal or informal hierarchies in the space, and how might these be addressed?
  • Does the process itself produce any emotions or affects? Is it psychologically transformative?
  • Who is the intended audience of the map?

The Map

  • What will be mapped and why is this important?
  • What materials or technology will be used?
  • What will be made visible, or hidden, and why?
  • What will be drawn, in what style, what colours?
  • Are there any practical considerations for the map’s intended use; e.g. should it be waterproof or capable of duplication?

The Life of the Map

  • How will the map continue its life outside this space?
  • How might the map function as a tool? Does it have any practical use?
  • Who will be able to access, or might be excluded from using it, and how will it be used?
  • What kind of knowledge is produced?
  • Might the map trigger other cycles of learning/critique/mapping elsewhere?
  • What are the political/ethical/social implications of these decisions?
  • What changes or desires might the map bring into the world?

via Rhiannon Firth in The Occupied Times of London, regarding Critical Cartography

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