06 - 09 JULY 2010


Map Fest takes place at Mediamatic on July 6, 8 and 9. Map Fest brings together kindred spirits to explore, create, define and oppose maps.

The second evening of Map Fest is dedicated to Mapping for Clarity. Guests are Richard Rogers, Catalogtree and De Geuzen. Urban sociologist and researcher Merijn Oudenampsen will be moderating the evening.


Mapping for Clarity is about making sense of data. Abstract sets of numbers are transformed into fluctuating graphs and beautiful visualizations. Power structures and traditional hierarchies are uncovered and defied. Mapping makes the intangible world around us tangible. It influences the way we experience, use and create space.

Program July 8: Mapping for clarity

Joris Maltha and Daniel Gross are Catalogtree, a multidisciplinary design studio specializing in data visualization. Tonight they will be treating us to three of their projects. For the poster series Flocking Diplomats they mapped the parking violations of diplomats in New York City. Structured Light is a poster series about 3D remote sensing, and Inside the Black Box is a documentary made in collaboration with Marije Meerman (VPRO Tegenlicht).

De Geuzen is Riek Sijbring, Femke Snelting and Renee Turner. De Geuzen is a foundation for multi-visual research, together since 1996. Tonight they’ll explore a few of their projects, and tell us about their experience with decoupling mapping and mastery. They will discuss cartography as a form of undoing. In other words, as a means of questioning territories as opposed to defining them.

Richard Rogers is Professor of New Media & Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam. He is also Director of the Foundation. His research involves studying and building info-tools. The most well-known tool Rogers has co-developed is the Issue Crawler. Need to know more? Tonight he’ll provide us with a little insight into this tool.


Mediamatic BANK, Vijzelstraat 68 Amsterdam. The evening starts at 20.30 and tickets are 5 Euros at the door. If you buy your ticket online you will get a free drink! A three day ticket (for 6, 8 and 9 July) will only set you back 10 Euros. Don’t forget to RSVP! More info:

Next Map Fest events

July 6: Mapping for change
July 8: Mapping for clarity
July 9: Mapping Ignite Amsterdam