We are post-geographic

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 suddenly gave me a framework in which I could make sense out of several thoughts and emotions I have been developing since I moved away from Lebanon. It answered questions like: Why is it that I feel like I am simultaneously in Doha and Baltimore when my friend living in Qatar and I are continuously exchanging data? It made me realize that 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 timezones 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 smart phone is a reflection of a stateless status of the Lebanese diaspora.

 

Post-geographic Communities is a representation of diasporas in the age of globalization. It 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 artificial extensions.