Open lecture Wednesday 2. September from 1400-1530 "Radical Cartography : between science and Politics, the art of making visible what the world hides from us" by Philippe Rekacewicz

The geographical representation of the world is more an intellectual construction rather than a faithful depiction of the reality: The map is always an interpretation of how the mapmaker sees, understands and interprets the way the world is functioning. Mapmaking is a fusion of discipline as both scientists, politicians and artists creating and using maps in the field of their own environment. This shows the very complexity of what a map really is:- It uses data that has to be handled scientifically, it uses forms, colors movements, in other words "artistic means" and so the same material has to be also handled artistically and aesthetically. - In this respect, the map is fundamentally a political object: an open door to manipulation, and a tool to resist - or strengthen – power. The map is therefore fundamentally a dialogue between reality and imaginary, taken in consideration that what is represented on a map has its roots in the reality, but like a fictional movie, it is deeply romanticized. There is no such thing as an innocent map…

This lecture is aimed at the master course "explorations in ocean space II" If capacity in the large auditorium, more audience will be allwoed.
If not, the event will be streamed via zoom.
Meeting ID: 927 1532 9450 /Passcode: 758914



Born in 1960, Philippe Rekacewicz is a French geographer, cartographer, and Information designer. After the completion of his study in geography at University of Paris la Sorbonne, he became in 1988 a permanent collaborator of the international newspaper Le Monde diplomatique in Paris which he left in 2014. From 1996 to 2007, he was also heading the cartographic unit of a relocated office of UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) in Arendal (Norway). Since 2014, he works as a geographer cartographer for art museum, geopolitical institutes and international organizations. He is co-coordinator, with Philippe Rivière, of the website, a research website dedicated to “radical and experimental cartography and geography”, Since January 2017, he is associate researcher at the department of Anthropology for the University in Helsinki (Finlande) working on the programme “Crosslocation”.

He follows particularly issues such as demography, migration, refugees, displaced and statelessness persons. More broadly, geopolitics and geostrategy, war and conflicts as well as social territories, public and private space. Philippe Rekacewicz works also on number of other project which bring together cartography, art and politics, especially studying how communities, political or economical powers produce the cartographic vision of the territories on which they operate, And how they can manipulate an lies with maps.