Artist Lines

Hello, and Happy New Year everyone.

I’ve been working on a project like this for ages it seems. Well, with the great remote testing site of (very handy/quick to test javascript and changes in html of pages on the fly) & the great service of Timemap: its here.

Timemap.js is a Javascript library to help use online maps, including Google, OpenLayers, and Bing, with a SIMILE timeline. The library allows you to load one or more datasets in JSON, KML, or GeoRSS onto both a map and a timeline simultaneously. By default, only items in the visible range of the timeline are displayed on the map.

The project Artists lines is a great online interactive timeline linked to a map. I plot where artists/writers/theorists etc… lived over the years with latitude and longitude, the time period in years they lived there and some information/bio about them. Just slide the timer to go between years.

artist line dev 01 01 12

I thought it would be great to see where they moved, as place is quite important to artists of the past before the internet. They moved I primarily assumed to be part of a artist movement such as New York Abstract expressionists, Cubists of Paris… but as I was plotting the artist links of Marshall Macluhan, some artist had to move as they were conscripted to fight in wars. Reading their bio’s this not surprisingly influenced their research/making output and perspectives on life etc.

Anyhow, its a great tool, took a bit to customise and I want to have other interactions such as drop downs but from a free online example from the timemap website, I can remotely, from within a google doc spreadsheet, plot dates, coordinates, bio’s and not have to keep editing uploading to a server.

Inspired by (works best in firefox or IE) & read his paper Spatial, temporal and thematic navigation: Neumann, Andreas, Publisher: ETH,

Note, to run on your own server was a bit of faffing  obtaining google maps v2 api keys, this helped

By the way, this is a great website where you can create timelines linked from google docs and you can integrate maps, video, sound cloud… and embed on-the-fly at your site, minimal coding. Copy-n-paste Lovely.


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