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Lecture | ARC

Book Presentation Joost Grootens: Blind Maps and Blue Dots

Tuesday 12 January 2021
Online via Zoom

The shift towards digital modes of production has fundamentally changed both cartography and graphic design. The omnipresent computer, the interactive possibilities of digital media and the direct exchange of data through networks have obscured the distinction between designers and users of visual information.

Blind Maps and Blue Dots is the first comprehensive publication to explore the disappearing boundaries between producers and users of maps. Joost Grootens examines three mapmaking practices—the Blue Dot, the location function in Google Maps; the Strava Global Heatmap, a world map showing the activities of a fitness app; and the ‘Situation in Syria’ maps, a regularly updated map of the Syrian conflict made by an Amsterdam teenager. Through these examples and numerous visualizations, the book shows the blurring of the binary distinction between producing and using, ultimately offering a whole new approach to graphic design.

Joost Grootens is a graphic designer, educator and researcher. He is a University Lecturer and researcher at the Academy for Creative and Performing Arts of Leiden University. In April 2020 Grootens obtained his doctorate at PhDArts, Leiden University and KABK The Hague. 

How to join the session

  1. Go to ZOOM
  2. Log in with Meeting ID 840 5667 6544 and Passcode 065452
  3. Please turn off your microphones during the session. 
  4. When the Q&A with the audience takes place, the moderator will activate the users in the audience so you are able to comment or pose questions.  


This book presentation is part of the ARC series. 

ARC (art_research_convergence) hosts exhibitions, installations, lectures and performances every second Tuesday of the month. The idea is to enable a space of communication and action where artist-researchers can show work in progress (or finished work in need of feedback) and discuss it with the audience.
ARC plays a connective role in the network of artistic and investigative practices. It strengthens the knowledge infrastructure in the dynamic field of practice-based research as well as brings it into the public eye. In doing so, it contributes to the knowledge economy in the region.
This project acts as a forum or laboratory, in which artist-researchers work together with other cultural players on new works, designs and performance practices.


What? Performances, exhibitions, installations, lectures and other formats suitable for the communication of artistic research

Who? Artist-researchers, including graduate students, doctoral candidates and lecturers at artistic research institutions as well as independent artists who regard and represent their work as research

For whom? General audience interested in the relationship between art and research, artists, researchers and students whose field has to do with artistic and/or research practices

When? 12 January, 9 February, 9 March, 13 April, 11 May and 8 June, starting at 19:30.

Where? Studio Loos, De Constant Rebecqueplein 20B, 2518 RA, The Hague/ Korzo Theater, Prinsestraat 42, 2513 CE, The Hague  OR online (depending on the covid-19 situation).

Zoom event

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