Spainxp: Experimental and Digital Spanish Humanities

Montxo Algora, 1983, for Galería Moriarty in Madrid
Montxo Algora, 1983, for Galería Moriarty in Madrid

Join spainxp, a new experimental and digital Spanish humanities reading group that meets in NYC and Cambridge, MA on a monthly basis to discuss current trends in experimental and digital Iberian cultural production and scholarship. You can follow us on Twitter @spainxp.

Introducing: Mapping the Movida Madrileña


Mapping the Movida visualizes geo-spatial data on the cultural hubs of the Movida Madrileña, a sociological phenomenon and creative boom that emerged in the first decade of Spanish democracy (roughly 1976-1986). Though still in its preliminary stages, Mapping the Movida is an open web archive with three goals:

1) To create a public archive and searchable database of events and artists’ movements throughout the city of Madrid during the Movida Madrileña.
2) To allow users to identify cultural hubs and creative networks, and visualize patterns in artists’ movements during the period.
3) To re-create the Madrid of the Movida by housing various archival materials (images, video, audio, text) relevant to different points on the map.

This project aims to give users (scholarly and otherwise) access to compiled geo-spatial data, historical material and multimedia from the Movida in a structured, visual and interactive way.

Tools: Google Earth, CartoDB, Palladio
Archive: Brown University’s special collection of Movida publications


Text Mapping as Modelling at the University of Victoria’s DHSI

Join me June 13-17 at DHSI in Victoria, British Columbia, where I will be participating in Modelling the Textual Universe Through Mapping (Text Mapping as Modelling) , led by Øyvind Eide. This course will question one of the most important practices in Digital Humanities, namely, digital mapping of texts. The students will go though an extensive model building experiment using the map exhibition tool Neatline. They will also create reports in the form of textual blogs and compare what can be expressed in each of the two media. By comparing the different student projects in discussion sessions we will look into what kind of maps can be made based on different types of texts, and the degree to which mapping is meaningful for different texts.

Through the course the students will understand better where the information we put on maps come from. How much is read from the text and how much is added from other sources, including the reader’s previous knowledge? To what degree is the information silently adjusted to fit the map medium? How much of what we express in text and as maps are steered by the medium? Through this course the students will not only learn how to make map exhibitions based on texts but will also explore how modelling in the form of media transformation can be used as a text analysis tool.