Post-geographic Communities is a contemporary iterative representation of dispersed communities in the age of globalization.  This project suggests new forms of maps of nations that are not location-specific but are based on looser connections and identities. I have been experiencing the phenomenon of living between time zones. The term “post-geography” has given me a framework in which I can make sense out of the thoughts and emotions I have been developing since I moved away from Lebanon.

 

Long Statement:

I stumbled upon the term “post-geographic” in a review I read on the book Zero History by the fiction writer William Gibson. This contemporary concept gave me a framework in which I could make sense out of the thoughts and emotions I have been developing since I moved away from Lebanon to study in the United States. Teh term helped me answer questions like: Why do I feel like I am simultaneously in Doha and Baltimore when I am continuously exchanging data with a friend living in Qatar? Geography is no longer the frame of reference that defines relationships. The concept of post-geography remains visually abstract yet obvious in my mind. I currently live between several time zones, since almost all my Lebanese friends are scattered across the continents. Maintaining contact in the face of this dispersed geography has become a conscious effort supported by technology. The collapse of different geographic locations in my smartphone reflects the stateless status of the Lebanese diaspora.

Post-geographic Communities is a representation of diasporas in the age of globalization. My project is a contemporary iterative form of branding a nation that is not location-specific. My project suggests new forms of maps that are based on on looser connections and identities.