Bio Mapping - Christian Nold

Bio Mapping

Christian Nold
Jan 2004 - ongoing

Bio Mapping is a research project which explores new ways that we as individuals can make use of the information we can gather about our own bodies. Instead of security technologies that are designed to control our behaviour, this project envisages new tools that allows people to selectively share and interpret their own bio data.

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 point of high and low arousal. By sharing this data we can construct maps that visualise where we as a community feel stressed and excited.

How will our perceptions of our community and environment change when we become aware of our own and each others intimate body states?


This project has been presented in the following contexts:

Long term community project:
Greenwich Emotion Map, London, Oct 05 - April 0

Ethnographic research:
Center for Knowledge Societies, Bangalore, India, Dec - Jan 05

Greenwich Emotion Map, IP, London, Mar 06
Day to Day Data, Danielle Arnaud, London, Mar - Apr 06
Information Rhetoric, London Gallery West , Nov- Jan 06
Day to Day Data, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, Sep - Oct 05
Day to Day Data, Angel Row, Nottingham, Jul - Sep 05
State of Mind, BIOS Centre, London, Apr - May 05
Tactical Urban Map Hack, DEAF 04, Rotterdam, Nov 2004
The Show,Royal College of Art, London, June 2004

Urban Learning Space, Glasgow Oct 2005
Ittaca, Helsinki, Finland Sep 2005
Pavilion, Huddersfield, UK Mar 2005
Trans Cultural Mapping, Helsinki Aug 2004
Day-to-Day Data, Nottingham, Uk Aug 2004
Siena Design Project, Italy Jul 2004
Ittaca, Istanbul, Turkey Jul 2005

Kingston University, London Dec 2005
Digital Cultures, Nottingham Dec 2005
Saint Martins, UCL, London Oct 2005
PLAN, Nottingham University, Uk Oct 2005
Node.L, Tate Modern, London Aug 2005
Ittaca, Istanbul, Turkey Jul 2005
Pavilion, Huddersfield, UK Mar 2005
Ittaca, Lampedusa, Italy Feb 2005
Westminster University, London Nov 2004
Art & Communication, Riga Sep 2004
Trans Cultural Mapping, Helsinki Aug 2004
Siena Design Project, Italy Jul 2004
Royal College of Art, London Jun 2004
NotCon 04 Conference, London Jun 2004
Futuresonic 04, Manchester, UK


This project has received support from:

Foundation Marcel Hicter
Arts Council of England
Independent Photography

Angel Row Gallery
Ordnance Survey
Mixed Reality Lab Nottingham
London Gallery West
Node London

Christian Nold


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Last Updated 3/3/2011

It has been an enourmous long time since I last updated this! I have never been a blog person, and felt irritated by the way new media culture pushes us to be constantly visible to the world. Recently though I kept getting email from people wondering what I was up to. So today is my birthday and I have finally given in :) . So a quick update I am excited about what Rob van Kranenburg and I are calling the Internet of People - which will be a book coming out in the next few months. I am also exstatic about trying to build and map alternative currencies. Take a look at the Bijlmer Euro project. In the last year I have also been building a unique mapping software called Sensory Journeys and the Town Toolkits for which I will build a proper site. On Saturday I am off to Helsinki for the Pixeache festival where I am preseting some work but more importantly working on and island toolkit for the next year. More info soon...