In the 4th Century, St Anthony the Great told philosophers that the mystery of faith is not found through logics, but calls for a "more-than-rational immersion" not a "rational distancing". Some more recent thinkers have criticised maps for condensing the landscape into dead spaces where rich multi-sensory interactions are absent. It is impossible to be in a place and to view it objectively, as a map would have us believe. This got me thinking about the idea of 'tactile maps'. Can some of the sensory aspects of landscape be combined with the language of cartography?
Indeed, this is something that the Inuit peoples practice. They create wooden 'coast-line' maps (Ammassalik)which help them navigate the difficult tundra terrain from the warmth of their gloves and pockets.
So far I have tried needle punching, stitch and burning with joss sticks. As one traverses the land, they can run their hands over a raised depiction of their path.