Matthias Görlich initiated a research-project investigating the role of mapping in political decision-making processes based at Institute for Designresearch Design2Context, University for the Arts Zurich.
The research project White Spots Black Holes investigates the role of mapping in political decision-making processes. Maps have always been tools to visualize and to consolidate power, to communicate stability. Maps do also communicate and create identity as they are visualizations of includity and excludity, of difference, contrast, closeness and distance not only in spatial but also in contextual relation.
Designers are more and more often confronted with the visual communication of complex systems and processes. As the design of communication is closely linked to its content, it is also responsible for developing adequate visual forms for this content. This leaves great potential for political and economical actors to channel their interests . . .