For her ACP project, Marie Cieri, part-time faculty member in Graduate Studies and HPSS and an artist and map-maker with a doctorate in geography, conducted research and developed workshops aimed at enhancing map and spatial literacy and map-making among undergraduates at RISD, exploring the question: “How do and can we use mapping—literally and figuratively, specifically and broadly—in a studio or writing or public practice, in a Liberal Arts course of study and in society at large?” Her research took two paths: interviewing faculty at RISD and contacting other art and design schools to discover how “mapping,” in the broadest sense, is engaged across disciplines; and investigating new developments in map-making, in particular the analytical and representational capacities of open-source and low-cost GIS and mapping software. Cieri also led workshops for RISD undergraduates designed to build both critical map reading and interpretation skills and basic map production knowledge.
Cieri, Marie, "Mapping Paradigms in Art and Design" (2014). Academic Commons Program. Paper 7.