Mapping Joy and Pain
MGIS graduate student Maureen McFarlane, under the supervision of MGIS faculty members Kevin Dyke and Ryan Mattke, illustrates how geographic information science can be used to support work in the arts and humanities through her involvement in the Mapping of Joy and Pain, a project originally conceived by University of Minnesota artist and faculty member Rebecca Krinke. The project began as a piece of public art, where Krinke and her team created a large wooden base map of Minneapolis and St. Paul complete with streets, lakes, rivers, and labels laser cut into the surface. They then brought the map to public spaces around the cities and invited the public to contribute their drawing skills to it with instructions to draw where they had experienced joy or pain. The exercise invoked many emotional responses from those participating as they shared the story behind their drawing.