Tis contribution aims to explore the relationship between creativity and geography (Marston and De Leeuw 2013) by suggesting that we consider graphic creative writing as a way to redraw research in cultural geography, just as “graphic ethnography” was proposed for the feld of anthropology (Dennison 2015; Ingold 2011). In addiction, through the enacting of “carto-centred” narratives (Rossetto 2014), this contribution endeavours to involve the audience in a creative writing and post-representational mapping experience (fctionally) based in Berlin.
Starting from two examples of auto-ethnographic fctions (Jacobson and Larsen 2014) I completed during separate stays in the German capital city, my frst aim is to suggest a theoretical reasoning on the potentialities of creative (graphic) narratives as generative research practices and methods in both cultural geography (DeLyser 2014) and post-representational cartography (Kitchin et al. 2013). Secondly, I will involve the listeners in the “event of the text” (Hones 2009) and lead them from a reading into a writing experience, by proposing that they become active writers of a postrepresentational cartography. If representations are recognised as performative in themselves, the peculiar “gappy” structure of comic language (Dittmer 2010) seems to further encourage a nonrepresentational approach to graphic narration, intended as a performance both in its writing and reading practices. Creative carto-centred writings seem, therefore, able to explore both diferent ways for enacting geographies (Dewsbury et al. 2002) and unexpected understandings of post-representational cartographies. As literature is able to disclose new geographies (Westphal 2011), cognitive postrepresentational maps (Caquard 2015) of a city seem to unfold from creative cartographical (graphic) narratives.
Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference 2016 | Nexus Thinking Royal Geographical Society, London, UK
30th August - 2nd September 2016