Vocative Cartography
at Soundreasons

Nov 14th-23rd, 2012, What's Up Bharat,
Jai Bharat Centre, 1 Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi 110016, India

Nov 17th Sarai Reader 09: The Exhibition. Devi Art Centre, Gurgaon.

Vocative – relating to or denoting a case of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives in Latin and other languages, used in addressing or invoking a person or thing (Oxford English Dictionary).

Can cartography be subjective? Or is it just like it was with positivist science that objectivity of maps is a myth, and their styles of expression and creating visual order of cities has a panoptic, disempowering quality? What if those hard coded lines can be turned into more ambivalent circles, and different voices appear on surfaces once monotonic?

Vocative Cartography is a work in progress by Tapio Mäkelä with Translocal projects. Using Android phones with Internet connection and GPS, participants can locate sound fields within the city, evoking short narratives, amplify sounds to become embossed from the urban traffic dominated soundscape.

By directly addressing people and objects, vocative use of the locative may add a level of affection to a medium originally developed for targeting and navigation.

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Vocative Cargography, Delhi

epicenter: 28.555633, 77.194726 | view game

Vocative Cartography is a work in progress by Tapio Mäkelä with Translocal projects. Using Android phones with Internet connection and GPS, participants can locate sound fields within the city, evoking short narratives, amplify sounds to become embossed from the urban traffic dominated soundscape.

Circles with different colours represent fields of sound ranging from ambient soundscapes to samples and
different voices by people of various places.

Your position on the map and which direction you are pointing is shown with a beam of light.


An arm of a metronome is pointed towards the nearest sound you have not yet listened to.

Walk through the sound fields. Volume of some sounds gets louder when you reach the center of a circle.

Click the icon with human figure and radiowaves, and the map will no longer follow you.

Click the icon with human figure and dotted line to hide streetmap from the view.

To zoom in and out just click on the satellite map.

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