Aaron Knochel and Dickie Selfe
We've built three primary components of the "Spaces of the Hilltop"
site for readers and viewers to explore. While linear documents
predominate, they describe an unexpected and often surprising project.
The mapping imagery of the web interface is an attempt to illustrate
the surprising element of the Hilltop project. The map is not
"accurate." It shows real streets and highways in, around, and
in-between the Ohio State University and the Hilltop community, but it is not
intended to provide directions. Instead the map is explored through the
web interface as a metaphor for the heterotopic spaces of the Hilltop:
spaces of real geographies with alternative voices and local histories.
A map may show a "place" (Michel de Certeau, 1988), fixed and accurate, but
our map aims to show a shifting, morphing space through the layers of
faces, buildings, and satellite images that begin to visualize the
spaces of the Hilltop.