Atlas of Diagrammatic Imagination: Maps in Research, Art and Education
Atlas of Diagrammatic Imagination: Maps in Research, Art and Education

Edited by Lina Michelkevičė ir Vytautas Michelkevičius

We invite you to traverse the imagination and knowledge of all the artists and researchers who contributed maps, diagrams, and texts to this atlas. Here, scientific and artistic modes of research interact with other practices: drawing, visualisation, mapping, mediation, and education.

How does a diagram differ from a text? What are the pros and cons of diagrams when compared to text? Can a map be a research component, an artwork, and a scientific means of communication, all at the same time? How do diagrams mediate between different cognitive systems? How can diagrams convey bodily experiences and gestures? How do they facilitate education? These are only few questions that delineate a general research territory where the book authors’ imaginations overlap.

Even though cartographic references play an important role, many of the maps presented and discussed in this atlas go beyond the geographical notion of map, and they often bear no reference to either a location or its representation. They may involve multilayered diagrams, trajectories of a freely moving body or a hand, visual signs of hesitancy, tools of material or visual thinking, charts of tacit knowledge, notations of sensual data, or the models of research hypotheses or findings.

This research is also a response to the times we live in. In the face of ever-increasing information flows and the challenges of big data processing and rendition, a linear text is not always the most suggestive form of communication. Meanwhile in maps, within a single plane, we can operate with multiple layers of knowledge, and use different means of expression in order to discover unexpected links.

And yet, in the context of our lifestyles as driven by ubiquitous touchscreens, this atlas might appear as a capricious act of dissent.  We call our readers and users to slow down, get comfortable, and immerse or even lose themselves in the essays, diagrams, and fold-out maps.

The book will prove useful to those working in and between the areas of art history, media and visual studies, literary studies, urbanism, design, sound art, philosophy, science and technology studies (STS), and education.


Authors: Arnas Anskaitis, Tomas S. Butkus, Vitalij Červiakov, Christoph Fink, Nikolaus Gansterer, Aldis Gedutis, Giedrė Godienė, Sandra Kazlauskaitė, Vytautas Michelkevičius, Lina Michelkevičė, Astrit Schmidt-Burkhardt

Designer Laura Grigaliūnaitė, translator Tomas Čiučelis, copy editors Dangė Vitkienė and John Fail


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Release date: 2019
Pages: 208 p
Format: 35x25,5 cm
Covers: hardback
Circulation: 365
ISBN 978-609-447-329-6
Weight: 1150 g
Language: EN / LT
Price: 27,25 € + shipping
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