PSFK talks with architect and designer Emily Fisher to get insight on the future of art and technology.

PSFK has been talking with artists and innovators that we have covered over the last year to get their insight on the future of art and technology.

Architect and designer Emily Fisher of Haptic Lab began her experiment with Soft-Maps in 2002; these are quilted maps of cities and neighborhoods that can act as a tactile mnemonic tool for learning one's way through a neighborhood over time.

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I am obsessed with Micronesian stick-maps, strangely patterned bundles of sticks tied together. My understanding is that Pacific Islanders in this particular region would use the maps to navigate thousands of miles of open water, pinpointing tiny, far-flung islands. By canoe. Without the use of stars, written instruction, or any other navigational tool. The stick-maps indicated ocean swells- patterns in wave movement on the surface of the water. The traveler would lie down in their canoe with the sitck-map on their chest and use it to interpret the way the waves felt.

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