Seasons change, so do we

Heterogeneous temporalities, algorithmic frames and subjective time in geomedia

in Time for mapping

The integration of time has been a neglected topic in Western cartography since geography’s main concern has been to codify spatial knowledge and bring it in a stable form. This has clearly changed with the contemporary hybrid media forms of the digital age, which offer new and multiple ways of integrating time with mapping. The chapter suggests that the main distinction between analogue maps and digital geomedia can be found in the way time is mediated. Using the example of geomedia, like the Aspen Movie Map and Google Earth, the chapter highlights three modes of temporal integration: (1) temporality by animation, (2) temporality by navigation, and (3) algorithmically shaped temporal frames. These already heterogeneous temporalities of geomedia are juxtaposed to subjective perceptions of time, embedded in the real‐time usage of geomedia, augmented with individual memory, and mingled with a longing for the past.

Time for mapping

Cartographic temporalities

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