Entity-Relation: Drawing into space

David Griffin
Vol 30, Number 1, p.68
The author considers the implications of a graphical application of certain technological tools of measurement and inscription, applied to the geometry of space itself as support, and marking-up a network of impossible proportions. Toggling between depictive and descriptive representation, entity-relationship graphs enable researchers in technical disciplines to work with seemingly irresolvable conditions, allowing data to interact with theory both through cognitively tuned and conventional activities. Through a direct application of the simplest of visualisations—a graph writ large—we may derive an objectlesson about irresolvable scales, and a multi-disciplinary focus for creative collaboration and knowledge generation, in support of a gesture whose existence is equally a matter of time and space.