The prefix "hyper" refers to multiplicity and abundance. More than a physical space, a hypercity is a real city overlaid with information networks that document the past, catalyze the present, and project future possibilities. Hypercities are always under construction.
Todd Presner, David Shepard, and Yoh Kawano put digital humanities theory into practice to chart the proliferating cultural records of places around the world. A digital platform transmogrified into a book, it explains the ambitious online project of the same name that maps the historical layers of city spaces in an interactive, hypermedia environment. The authors examine the media archaeology of Google Earth and the cultural-historical meaning of map projections, and explore recent eventsthe "Arab Spring" and the Fukushima nuclear power plant disasterthrough social media mapping that incorporates data visualizations, photographic documents, and Twitter streams. A collaboratively authored and designed work, HyperCities includes a "ghost map" of downtown Los Angeles, polyvocal memory maps of LA's historic Filipinotown, avatar-based explorations of ancient Rome, and hour-by-hour mappings of the Tehran election protests of 2009.
Not a book about maps in the literal sense, HyperCities describes thick mapping: the humanist project of participating and listening that transforms mapping into an ethical undertaking. Ultimately, the digital humanities do not consist merely of computer-based methods for analyzing information. They are a means of integrating scholarship with the world of lived experience, making sense of the past in the layered spaces of the present for the sake of the open future.
About the Author
Todd Presner is Professor of Germanic Languages, Comparative Literature, and Digital Humanities at the University of California, Los Angeles.
David Shepard is Lead Academic Programmer at the Center for Digital Humanities at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Yoh Kawano is Campus GIS Coordinator at the Institute for Digital Research and Education and lecturer in the Luskin School of Public Affairs at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Table of Contents
The Humanities in the Digital Humanities 22
HyperCities: A Very Brief History
Thick Mapping in the Digital Humanities
Los Angeles Ghost Maps
PDub Productions: Mapping HiFi
The View from Above / Below 84
Toward a Media Archaeology of Google Earth Counter-Mapping
Georeferencing: "It is turtles all the way-down"
Rome: Jumping over the Life
Mapping the 2009 Election Protests in Tehran
Mapping Events / Mapping Social Media 140
Participatory Digital Humanities
On the Event: HyperCities, Now (Egypt, Libya, Japan)
Gallery: A Journey through Tohoku, Japan 184