As an artist I think of myself being involved in mapping in several ways

Mainly it is because my programs generate and record the movements of programmed creatures in imaginary space. The images created are effectively maps of the paths taken by these creatures.

But I am also involved in mapping when I am writing the programs. To design them I have to build a mental map of what should happen when my programs are working. This mental map is based partially on what I want the images to look like and working out what behaviours the creatures making the trails would have to have to create paths with the shapeas that I am looking for.


In the introduction to their book Mapping; Ways of Representing the World Daniel Dorling and David Fairbairn refer to mapping as "... the mental interpretation of the world". This kind of mapping is similar to the process described by Edward C Tolman, who in Cognitive Maps in Rats and Men argued that the responses of rats navigating mazes were based on cognitive maps, a cognitive map being a "... tentative map, indicating routes and paths and environmental relationships ...".