All maps ‘map’ memories and no map tells the truth.
All maps are fictions, abstractions, simplification and all begin as a seed in someone’s imagination. These facts don’t in any way diminish the value or potential of mapping as a means of capturing the fleeting essence of memories. In fact maps provide a useful symbolic framework in which to explore both belonging and identity. They facilitate way-finding and re-visiting and memory.
The following images are maps of memories. They’re not concept maps or mind maps per se (more of those in the next Marvellous Maps post) but nets in which a wide variety of practitioners – students, artists medical professionals and educators are seeking to catch butterflies.
The following show samples of mapping information gathered by questioning residents living around a railway station, they’re based on interviews, and trace back the interviewees experiences of or activities that link them to a railway station in Beirut .