This chapter considers the implications of recent developments around
object-oriented philosophy, the ontological turn and new materialism for the
study of maps. Drawing a line from critical cartography to contemporary
debates of non-representational and performative mapping, it argues for an
approach that goes beyond textual or representational readings to think
about how maps invent, affect and perform. With regards to time, this means
an examination not of its representation, but of how maps themselves produce
particular temporalities. A case study of the PathoMap describes how digital
visualisations in the ‘smart city’ help to produce a regime of preparedness.
As ‘device’, the map establishes a rhythm with the city, from emergence, to
detection, to intervention; closing down the horizon of possible futures. In
contrast to this pre-emptive elimination of uncertainty, it is suggested
that a critical object-oriented cartography can point to the potential of
maps to prompt the speculative provocation of possibility.
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