2017

Mapping 

Social Territories

 

The cartograph represents the notion of social territories – an understanding of personal-and interpersonal space as defined by proximities to other individuals within a specific population. Each individual’s local space may only be understood in terms of boundaries shared with adjacent social counterparts. The voronoi diagram generated from the individuals’ locations at a moment in time is an instantaneous section of social territories. This delineation, is as dynamic as the movement of individual’s within the population. Territories shift, expand, contract in accordance with the constituent grains they represent. These fluctuations through time can be represented through a continuous verticalized form – boundaries which were once a one-dimensional edge of the voronoi diagram now form a continuous surface. These forms can be read to infer density or isolation, trajectory to nearby individuals – and even the identity of neighbors if the bounding surfaces are graphically indexed. Isolating the social territorial form of an individual we may see opportunities for chance encounters when, where and with whom.

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