We’ve stood by the idea that Orbitist challenges the notion of traditional mapping methods since day one. “Yes, you can map that,” we’ve said. But what does this really mean?
Well, for starters, mapping doesn’t have to be geographically centered; it, of course, has to include a geographical basis, but can be driven solely by interest in non-spatial entities. Maps can create a space for, and a conversation about, a certain niche.
As an English major and an aspiring traveler (as well as the occasional beverage connoisseur), I decided to put this Orbitist philosophy to the test by mapping literary pubs and bars around the world.
I’ve been to two of these pubs during my short time in England: Eagle and Child and Lamb & Flag. But going into this mapping endeavor, I had generally no idea as to where these bars would be located. I just knew I liked the texts, the writers, and the ideas behind them.
Now, mapping can become a shared experience for like-minded people anywhere, contrasting the historical idea that mapping is intended to be a national or global function. The truth is that, in this age, the purpose of mapping is more malleable than ever before. With this in mind, we can push the boundaries of what can be put on a map and what story that map can tell.
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