I am a Human Geographer and Artist working on Creative Geovisualisation at the University of Glasgow. My work seeks to unpack the aesthetics of geospatial technologies via creative practice, play, experimentation and narrative.
Recently I have been working on a set of inter-linked, cross-disciplinary and cross-border projects to develop creative geovisualisation as a method of working collaboratively and creatively to map social and physical data sets, but also to map the messy work of knowledge production itself.
I am especially interested in the dense power relations within which geospatial technologies are deployed, and how communities can, and are allowed to, engage with such technologies and the data they produce.
My work on Creative Geovisualisation is informed by my PhD which was concerned with unpacking the past, current and future of GIS from an arts and humanities perspective, and in particular how the body becomes a repository, or archive, of embodied practices associated with a particular set of technologies. I am also trained as an artist, and the most significant, and unique, element of my PhD project was the deployment of my creative practice as a tool of enquiry. Methodologically, my research is built on observations of and dialogues with GIS practitioners from academia and business; the data I collect becomes part of a practice-led geovisualisation process often comprising of videos works, performances, collages, circuit bending experiments, and so on that pull-apart and unpack the ‘how’, ‘what’ and ‘where’ of GIS.