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Epidemic Geographies

  • This essay is a shortened version of a final BA thesis, written during the global pandemic of covid-19, dominating media reports, public life, and private experience in the quarantine society in the months of April to July 2020. Yet this thesis was also a test, a quiet personal one. To focus on current conditions and events allowed to shift the perspective from familiar contexts to unknown environments. It allowed to try out whether the subjects of our studies can be applied to a ‘real world context’ besides works that often only retrospectively comment on preexisting conditions. Parallel to this text two video works were developed. While the first (Heatmap Urbanism - https://vimeo.com/469567011) offers a visual inquiry into the urban implications of pandemic contact tracing, the second (Relational Topographies - https://vimeo.com/469582311) presents the cartographic speculations that are conceived in this essay.

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Author:Finn Steffens
Series (Serial Number):rrrreflect. Journal of Integrated Design Research (2023,2)
Editor:Lasse Scherffig, Carolin Höfler
Document Type:Article
Release Date:2024/02/20
GND Keyword:Pandemie; Geografie; Design
Volume:Volume 1 (2023)
Article Number:2
Institutes and Central Facilities:Fakultät für Kulturwissenschaften (F02) / Fakultät 02 / Köln International School of Design
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Künste und Unterhaltung
Open Access:Open Access
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC-BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International