OOooooooh. Love. Love, love.
Google Lit Trips is a project that marries reading with mapping, using Google Maps to chart the journey of characters through space – Macbeth through the moors of Scotland, Odysseus around the Mediterranean, even (what really sold me) Possum Magic’s Grandma Poss and Hush from city to city across Australia.
It’s an interesting (although definitely debatable) correlation of imaginary space with geophysical topography.
The idea that you can map mental spaces onto physical ones fascinates me.
I’ve written about another example (with painting, this time) here.
Meanwhile, mulling… there’s something thrilling about these apps that I can’t quite put my finger on, and I think it’s something to do with the fact that mapmaking is such an act of storytelling anyway, which apps like Nokia viNe and even Foursquare (in its latest incarnation) recognise.
Will post more once figured out.