Week 4: Drawing as research

This week we were challenged to use images we had taken a in week two as research. The excerise including mapping geographical area or maybe bit harder but looking at situationist maps. Situationist maps focus to locating what is not usually seen in contrast to a road map showing street names and building. Joseph Hart defines it as

“a whole toy box full of playful, inventive strategies for exploring cities… just about anything that takes pedestrians off their predictable paths and jolts them into a new awareness of the urban landscape.” 

(Hart, Joseph (July/August 2004). “A New Way of Walking”Utne Reader.)


I thought I would take a bit of a risk with this weeks ICA and make this a valuable contribution to my project research of technology not knowing wether of not it would pay off. Being inspired by this picture below of Matchbox studies in Myers park, I decided to make a situationist map of the value of social media on Karangahape road based on the display of social media icons and referrals on shop windows as you can see in the image below.


So firstly, I went through all of the photos I took of K road to see if I saw any other social media icons, then I went through other class mates blogs and did the same. These are the images I found.

The results were not many. At this point I felt like giving up because its was taking me a long time to find enough material to work with.

Next I headed to google, google streets and images to be exact with the intent of finding more images.

I found no more and felt like I wasted another hour. But I was determined to get enough results to make a map.

Out of frustration I decided to go the the most relevant search engine: Facebook, stumbling upon The K road business associations page I found many links to businesses and personalities of K road. https://www.facebook.com/KRoadNZ/

Here are a few:





And there was obviously many more. I screen shot all their Facebook profile pictures, printed them out and compiled them into a map.


Im not entirely happy with the final result. But I guess that why they call it a risk – because you don’t entirely know what the end result will be.



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