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Nil Tuzcu and Arzu Çöltekin – two talks on spatial storytelling (NULab/NUvis)

Nil Tuzcu

Spatial Storytelling in Urban Studies and History

Spatial storytelling enables multifaceted inquires in digital humanities and urban research, where complex and multilayered information is processed and presented with the help of spatial and visual technologies. Consequently, new topics such as embodied perception, user experience and interaction, and digital reconstruction are adopted and repurposed in this emerging field. In this talk, I will introduce three projects each taking a different approach to spatial storytelling and offer a comparative evaluation of their methodologies. The first project, Istanbul Urban Database, is an interactive mapping platform composed of digitized historical urban archives of Istanbul allowing users to explore spatio-temporal layers of Istanbul. The second project, I am Istanbul, is web-based storytelling platform in which users observe the flow of daily life in Istanbul throughout the 20th century via the lives of fictional characters. The final project, September 1955, is a virtual-reality documentary re-enacting the Istanbul Pogrom of 1955.

Arzu Çöltekin

Visualizing Geo/Spatial Phenomena: A Spatial Cognition Perspective

In this talk, I will first outline some of the fundamental principles that cartographers have been using –for hundreds of years– for designing maps and map-like representations of geo/spatial phenomena. Then I will draw links between the cartographic principles and modern visualization practices, taking into account our understanding of perceptual and cognitive processes. Following this, I will detail some of our original observations based on controlled lab studies, often also with the help of eye movement analysis. Featured studies will contain insights on color perception, effects of shading and shadows, route learning with realistic and abstract displays; and individual/group differences based on factors such as expertise, spatial abilities and age.