Bio mapping
Christian Nold
Brief description of the work:
Biomapping makes use of the Galvanic Skin Response to create an emotional map of an environment. Information about stress levels of the wearer is linked with a specific location. The GSR device is linked with a Global Positioning Sytem receiver (see further context).
Materials, dimensions, duration:
Galvanic Skin Response unit, GPS receiver (see image below)
Location (venue & dates, public/ private):
Biomapping has run since 2004. The Greenwich Emotion Map ran from Oct 05 - April 06 and was part of 'Node London 2006'.
Audience information (size, mode of participation):
The Greenwich Emotion Map has attracted over 300 participants (Nold online). Before sending individual participants out, they were introduced to the technology in workshops. When their walk was complete they could give feedback and follow the development of the shared map online.
Other information (reviews, collaborators, funders):
Supported by Foundation Marcel Hicter, Arts Council of England Independent Photography, Angel Row Gallery, Ordnance Survey, Mixed Reality Lab Nottingham, London Gallery West, Node London
Floorplan, scheme:
Visual/ audio-visual reference:

The Greenwich Emotion Map (early version)
Key theme(s):
Observing externalised internal processes in realtime using visual and/or audial means; awareness of location
Further context:

"The Bio Mapping tool allows the wearer to record their Galvanic Skin Response (GSR), which is a simple indicator of emotional arousal in conjunction with their geographical location. This can be used to plot a map that highlights points of high and low arousal. By sharing this data we can construct maps that visualise where we as a community feel stressed and excited." (www.biomapping.net)