As we discussed in class, the final project is your chance to respond to and further explore the thoughts the class material has raised for you. In the syllabus, we wrote:
“Make something that is of cartography, and explain why.”
The intention behind this ambiguous and potentially frustrating prompt is not to paralyze you but to allow for as much possibility in the ways you choose to respond to the material we have covered in class.
Some ideas that got thrown out – a pinata map, an edible map, a map as a dance, an essay, a song or poem, a musical mashup…
or you could pick a reading of your own and facilitate a discussion about it.
et cetera et cetera. We hope that you take this project seriously, and ground it in what we’ve discussed in class. Hopefully this is also fun.
On November 22, come to class with:
1. A one-page(ish) writeup of your project goals and motivations. What ideas about mapping are you exploring? What initially raised these questions for you? How is your project answering them? OR How is your project asking more questions?
2. Some concrete progress on your project – it can be some images you’ve gathered, some audio you’ve recorded, a sketch-up or schematic. The main thing is to have something concrete for your classmates to ‘workshop’ and give comments and suggestions about.
On November 29, we will not have class. Work on your projects (and your other classes:). Our meeting time is certainly open for you to come consult with us. Just let us know if you’d like to get together.
On December 6, you will present your final projects. Let’s plan a potluck for the last day? This will take 2+ hours. Any preference for starting early or ending late?