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Cartopology implements, reinvents, and

stretches the role drawings and making

maps (as research instruments) are given

by spatial and social disciplines.


Foundation Run on Companion Path

Foundations runs are inevitable in training for longer distances and

will come most frequently in any training program. They are low

impact runs that serve to develop durability. They are also known as

‘talk-runs’ as you have to run at a speed that allows you to talk. These

foundation runs on companion path are therefore the way to get to

know the cartopological field in an informal manner.

Hill Repititions

Hill repeats are a specific training running up a hill multiple times at

a hard pace and go down slowly so that your heartrate slows down

to push it back up once you are down hill. Hill repetitions make you

know a hill very well. Each step you take, you have repeated it plenty

of times, up -and downhill. The hill repeats between the ‘field’ and the

‘drawing’ and ‘mapping’ on the extreme sides of the panoramic view

have the same effect; exhausting but satisfying.

Gran Paradiso

This area is called after the mountain Gran Paradiso in the Graian

Alps. It is the highest mountain in Italy with an elevation of 4061m.

It is a beginners climb where experience in alpinism is not a must. It

is a perfect first climb in preparation for the indomitable Mont-Blanc

Summit. Gran Paradiso on this panoramic view is a place to train, test

gear, exercise and do new things for a first time.

Geomagnetic Field

Magnetic fields provide the basis for navigation with a compass and,

at the same time, gets disturbed by it. For example, over the past 200

years, the magnetic field has weakened about 9 percent. its position

has drifted north-northwest by 1.100 kilometers. In this geomagnetic

field here, it is impossible to trust your navigation skills. Navigation

here will be messy, chaotic and an unreliable process allowing you,

finally to understand other ways of finding your way.


local loop

point to point


At the Chamonix Tourist Office at Place de

l’église lots of maps are displayed. And also online

on their website maps are to be found all doing their

very best to express what the cartographer had to

say. Some of them are in perspective containing the

valley of the town Chamonix till the highest summit

of the Mont-Blanc-Massif. Other contain routes to

cycle, to ski or to take a cable elevator. Some of the

maps are in perspective, other ones are from top

view. Some of them focus on the towns other on

the mountains. Nevertheless, they all have a tone of


As a cartopological mapmaker, I hear every

whisper from my own cartopological maps loudly.

So, what if I give my voice and right to speak to


Sometimes I lie on the table, sometimes I

stand on the little edge at the bottom of the drawing

table. Depending on my size and on the drawing

itself. Pieces with lots of detail are mostly drawn

on me horizontally, but not always. Sometimes I

consist out of one large piece of paper, sometimes

I am stitched together with tape. It depends on

how well she knows already what to draw and my

composition. Sometimes she makes little sketches in

the top left corner before she actually starts making

me. I come to live on site. So, the place I carry the

place where I am made. I rarely leave the site. This is

how I prefer to be made but sometimes depending

on how much time there is for actual fieldwork I am

also made remotely. However, I stay always close

to her and travel with her, all the time. It gives me

wrinkles and cracks. Only to be scanned and printed

for presentations she leaves me. But I don’t like

that. I feel the most comfortable and the strongest

when she is looking at me, often disagreeing. Then

she goes outside again, trying to have a better

understanding of what is actually taking place. She

starts off in pencil, but often also in pen. It depends.

The choice for my paper and pen are important, it

impacts how parts of a place are drawn, and it forces

to be bold or just soft with me. To be able to doubt

and erase, or to think twice before adding a line on


I am built up in layers and the first layer is often

a geographical one. She takes copies from other

maps, or built it up based on walks and fieldtrips.

Experiences, places, notes, thoughts, insights and

conversations are localised and materialised on me

by drawing them out in a geographical logic. It takes

all her patience to finish me off. Up to three months.

As the first weeks pass and I have been used as a

geographical and spatial notebook the more I start

to give back as well. In the beginning I collected a

hybridity of bits and pieces taken from the field. Now,

I start to speak back. Where I once was a collection

of random parts, I become a collection with a say and

a direction. I force this direction onto her. It makes

her do her fieldwork with more focus and direction

too. Instead of being a carrier of her thoughts and

experiences we start to collaborate, and I get the role

of a research instrument that localizes and makes

space for insights and knowledge. A triangular

relationship is created between her, the environment

and myself.

Tomorrow, she will take me down and scan

me. The end is near. But before she leaves me on

my own she tries to make me approachable and

readable for a broader audience. People living on

the site I represent, people taking decisions about

the site, other cartopologists and mapmakers, they

should also be able to read me, and navigate on

me. I transform again from an instrument that only

she uses to a map that others can use. The triangle

shifts, from her, the environment and myself towards

the mapreader, the environment and myself.

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