A graphical representation of geographical emotion


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London-based artist, Christian Nold, scientifically measures people’s emotions according to their geographical position in a city. From his studies, he creates a graphical representation of geographical emotion and a new analytical and urban planning tool.

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Over the past five years, over 2000 people have taken part in Christian Nolan’s Biomapping project. The concept is simple. During a structured workshop, participants re-explore their urban area while wearing a device that measures their “Galvanic Skin Response,” which is a simple indicator of emotional arousal in conjunction with their geographical location. On their return, a map is created which visualizes points of high and low arousal. Using this data, Christian Nold has created an emotional cartography of the cities he has studied, indicating areas of high and low arousal.

This artistic approach encourages citizens to rediscover their cities and could prove to be an invaluable tool for community development, science research, architectural planning and large scale political consultations.

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