Challenging the Digital Cartographic Continuity System: Lessons from Cinema

  • Sébastien Caquard
  • Benjamin Wright
Part of the Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography book series (LNGC)


This paper begins with the idea developed by critical cartographers that maps materialise and fix lines, stabilising meanings and identity, as well as economic and political power. Cartographic power derives from the impression that there is a natural continuity between objects and phenomena in the world and their cartographic materialization. As argued in a first section of this chapter, this cartographic continuity has been recently reinforced with technological maps and more specifically with virtual globes, such as Google Earth, and their smooth zooming and navigating capabilities. In a second section we turn to cinema in which the continuity system of narration has been widely challenged over the years by alternative filming strategies such as jump cuts, direct address, or self-refiexive narratives. The review of these refiexive strategies in cinema makes clear that fi lmmakers have attempted to undermine the conventional framework of cinematic form, seeking to break free from both the dominant cinematographic continuity narrative and its political implications. Finally, we argue that this cinematographic experience could serve as sources of inspiration for cinematic refiexivity in cartography through the use of montage, sound and human presence.


Continuity System Human Presence Direct Address Virtual Globe Spatial Projection 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sébastien Caquard
    • 1
  • Benjamin Wright
    • 2
  1. 1.Département de GéographieUniversité de MontréalCanada
  2. 2.Institute for Comparative Studies in LiteratureCarleton UniversityOttawaCanada

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