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Public hearing on the World Bank
2007-08-28 10:56:13 - by Nicolas Malevé

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TheWorld Bank Campaign Europe is organizing a Peoples Tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, on 15 October 2007. In this framework, they are looking for artists to produce a map based on the different testimonies (see highlighted paragraph below). Interested? Reply to this message and leave your coordinates or drop a mail to nicolas AT constantvzw.com


The World Bank Campaign Europe is preparing a Public Hearing in cooperation with the Permanent Peoples’ against the World Bank, to be held in The Hague, Netherlands, on 15 October 2007 - a week before the annual meetings of the World Bank.

Witnesses from all Southern continents will give testimony of the impacts of World Bank policies and practices, especially in the areas of conditionalities and/or extractive industries. Well-known and respected experts will listen to testimonies from all parts of the world about the impact of World Bank financing. The witnesses will answer questions from the experts as well as the audience. In the evening, the expert panel would convene to draft a declaration to be presented the next morning in a press conference. There will be a live video streamlining for the entire event.

People for the expert panel will be Maartje van Putten(currently AfDB inspection panel member, Netherlands), Emil Salim (EIR Eminent Person, Indonesia), Elmar Altvater (economist, Germany), Francesco Martone (Senator, Italy). We are also inviting Susan George and Medha Patkar.

As witnesses we invited Gustavo Salgado(President of Nicaraguan National Consumer’s Network) on electricity privatisation (tbc), Miguel Palacin (President of Peru’s Mine Affected Communities and CONAI Indigenous Network) on policy conditions related to mining, a speaker from Ghana or Mali on the impact of water/cotton sector liberalisation (tbc), Michael Karipko (campaign officer of Environmental Rights Action, Nigeria) on West African Gas Pipeline, a speaker from Kazachstan on Kashagan Pipeline (tbc).

The hearing will focus on the impact of the economic conditionalities and fossil fuel project financing. The expert panel will listen to testimonies from all parts of the world about the impact of World Bank financing. The witnesses will answer questions from the experts as well as the audience and present accompanying images. The expert panel will convene at the end of the day to draft a declaration on the basis of what they heard. The declaration will be presented with specific demands to the World Bank and European governments at a press conference the following morning Oct 16.

Co-operation with artists

We would like to involve mapping artists who would get information about the different testimonies beforehand and would develop maps reflecting the content. This could be presented between the testimonies. It could also be interesting to have an extra space for a map that could be created by the artists and the audience together - if possible. That were the ideas that came up in our meetings and I would be very happy to exchange about these and other ideas.

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2007-08-22 20:22:46 - by Laurence Jenard

2 interesting books about art/ cartography/ subjectivity

GNS - an exhibition in "Palais de Tokyo" site de création contemporaine /édition cercle d’art - september 2003

editorial managment : Nicolas Bourriaud and Vincent Honoré

artists : Franz ackermann - Bureau d’études - Nathan Carter - Wim delvoy - Dominique gonzalez-Foerster - Thomas Hirschhorn - Laura Horelli - Pierre Huyghe - Pierre Joseph - Jakob Kolding- Mathieu Laurette - Mark Lombardi - John Menick - Julie Meheretu - Aleksandra Mir - Ocean Earth - Henrik Olesen - Kristen Pieroth - Marjetica Potrc - Matthew Ritchie - Pia Rönicke - Sean Snyder - Stalker - Simon Starling

isbn : 2 70022 0699 9

Le dessus des cartes - art contemporain et cartographie - an exhibition in ISELP - juni 2004

artists : Gianni Caravaggio - Jocelyne Coster - Wim delvoye - Erick Derac - Roger Dewint - Peter Fend - Christophe Fink - Changha Hwang - Marie Christine Katz - William Kentridge - Moshekwa Langa - Capucine levie - Matéo maté - Michel Mineur - David Renaud - Françoise Schein - Panagiotis Siatidis - Therry Tillier - jessica Vaturi - Angel Vergera

isbn : 2-87373-0141-0

Historic Maps of Brussels
2007-08-22 14:08:12 - by Nicolas Malevé

From The David Rumsey collection website

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City of Brussels. Letts’s popular atlas. Letts, Son & Co. Limited, London. (1883)
“ The David Rumsey Collection was started nearly 20 years ago, and focuses primarily on cartography of the Americas from the 18th and 19th centuries, but also has maps of the World, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania. The collection includes atlases, globes, school geographies, books, maritime charts, and a variety of separate maps, including pocket, wall, children’s and manuscript.”

Notice that the maps of this website are released under a Creative Commons license.

“ Images copyright © 2000 by Cartography Associates. Images may be reproduced or transmitted, but not for commercial use. For commercial use or commercial republication, contact carto@luna-img.com. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License. By downloading any images from this site, you agree to the terms of that license.”

Dispatches From the Hyperlocal Future
2007-08-20 14:20:51 - by Nicolas Malevé

A small novel by Bruce Sterling published in Wired, July 2007. The main character, a famous geo blogger embodies the "hyperlocal" utopia.

So what am I doing here in DC? I just finished testifying before Congress about the fast-gathering passport brouhaha. I even rented a suit for the occasion. (And get this: To return it, all I have to do is drop it off at a dry cleaner — transmitters sewn into the hems will tell FedEx where to send it and how to bill me.) I gently opined to the glum congressional committee that sealing borders in a world of location-aware technology is a futile effort doomed to an ignominious defeat. Yes sir, just like digital rights management!

Too bad none of the assembled officials could remember digital rights management. But that makes sense. Another 10 years and nobody will remember passports, either. I leaned into the microphone to deliver the money line. "Hyperlocality is transforming our lives at every scale: bodyware, roomware, streetware, cityware, nationware, and global ware. From nano to astro!"

Reading this gives a strange feeling in our Belgian context where the Mercators of Val Duchesse are fighting over the inner borders of a micro-nation.

Google Map hack
2007-08-15 13:40:16 - by Véronique

Google Maps, Reloaded : Animated Mozillas and Gnus attack Redmond

** Google Map hack "Star Wars Imperial ATAT attack on Palo Alto".

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** and *animated* hack : invaders move around the map ! And this time invaders are mozillas and gnus converging towards Microsoft Offices in Redmond ! ;-) Here is the animated map : Link. Be sure to check the HTML code (with the Javascript code that moves invaders around). In the blog post I also ponder that "It should be very easy to create real playable games on Google Maps.
Here are some ideas : - playing Risk on the real world map (with the ability to zoom in/out to combat at different scales). Extend Jrisk or JavaRisk (code available on SourceForge). - playing FreeCiv on real world maps. Modify FreeCiv source code. - driving a car race on streets of the real world. - much more I guess.

from boingboing blog (2005)

Exhibition Mapping the City
2007-08-15 13:27:36 - by Véronique

Exhibition Mapping the City - 16.02.07 - 20.05.07 (to late !) - Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam)
This group exhibition focuses on the relationship between artists and the city from around 1960 to the present day. The show revolves around the way in which artists perceive urban space. The emphasis is on the city as social community, on behaviour, poses, and urban rituals.

who knows that book ?
2007-08-06 13:17:27 - by Laurence Jenard

Mark Monmonier, How to lie with maps, 1991
(trad. française : Comment faire mentir les cartes), Paris, Flammarion, 1993.