Media Technology MSc

MSc Thesis


Is this Real? Reviewing & Rebuilding Subjective Maps


Erik Jansen




Since the invention of the map, map makers work to make maps more precise and objective. But what happens when we not try to avoid distortions in a map but use distortions as a tool to tell stories and show perspectives? Here, we arrive at the essence of subjective maps. We propose a framework that categorises different types of subjective maps. To this end, we analysed for many maps subjective phenomena, qualitative data, subjective generalisation, distorted projections and personal maps. Among other conclusions we argue that there is an opportunity in combining a subjective phenomenon with a distorted projection. This opportunity is illustrated in a proof-of-concept project. Different methods to generalise a subjective phenomenon into a distorted map are explored. Our findings are presented and discussed. One method is arguably sufficient but still there is more research to be done in this area.

Full Reference

Erik Jansen, "Is this Real? Reviewing & Rebuilding Subjective Maps", Master's Thesis for the Media Technology programme, Leiden University (The Netherlands), 2012