About Mappa.Mundi Magazine
Magazine was orginally created by Carl Malamud, Rebecca Hargrave, and Martin Lucas when they were
with Invisible Worlds, then a fledging startup. The purpose of
the magazine was to provide a forum for the discussion of visualization, mapping, and other broad
concepts that were of interest to the web development community. In addition to general
interest articles, the magazine included a regular set of features devoted to the Blocks technology the company was creating.
Invisible Worlds went through several rounds of financing, grew considerably,the founders moved on to
new ventures, and the last official issue of the magazine was published in May 2000.
Hargrave went on to found media.org and decided that one of the
important roles the media.org cooperative could play was to rescue some of our prior work.
As a result of this mission, Mappa.Mundi Magazine has been restored to the Internet in an archival state
following a six month hiatus.
Initially, the newly-rescued site will be updated
with occasional post-archival additions. However, it will continue to evolve in the spirit the original creators intended,
and will be used as a platform to support causes that we believe in.
|About Mappa Mundi and Our Logo
Before maps, scholarly monks drafted mappa mundi, representations
not just of geographical knowledge but also of the realms of spirit, of myth, and of imagination.
Imperial Rome, then the center of power and influence, was placed at the center point of the most
ancient of the surviving mappa mundi. Later, as medieval society turned to faith and away from
empire building, this shift in beliefs was reflected in mappa mundi as the Holy City of Jerusalem
replaced Rome as cartographic ground zero. Mappa mundi created a visual metaphor placing mankind
into context in the physical world, and simultaneously in other virtual worlds.
Medieval Christian monks drew diagrams of the world as it was known to them,
in the stylized t-o mappa mundi; literally sheet of the world. East was
at the top, west at the bottom. Four bodies of water surround the world's
three great landmasses. Creating an encircling o is the ocean sea, and
forming a t or cross on the map face are the three major inland waterways,
the rivers Don and Nile and the Mediterranean sea. Correctly, Asia forms the
largest, most easterly cell at the top. Europe appears on the lower left
and Africa is the lower right cell.
The T-O mappa mundi say as much about
the monks' committment to spiritual harmony on earth as about their
disinterest in the often disorderly details of physical geography. We
preserve their form in our logo; but the three continents are replaced with
the fundamental elements of cyberspace: red, green and blue.
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