Free Book: Emotional Cartography

Artist, designer and educator Christian Nold recently launched a free book in which he has brough together a collection of essays from artists, designers, psychogeographers, cultural researchers, futurologists and neuroscientists, to explore the political, social and cultural implications of visulising intimate biometric data and emotional experiences using technology. The book called ‘Emotional Cartography – Technologies of the Self’ is freely available! Click here for download links.

Pretty interesting stuff, these ’emotion maps’. According to Information Aesthetics, the Bio Mapping project deserves special mention. In this community mapping project, “the Galvanic Skin Response (GSR), a simple indicator of the emotional arousal, is recorded in conjunction with one’s geographical location. By combining the emotional responses of over 1,500 people over a period of 4 years, several ‘Emotion Maps’ were generated of the city in which the participants roamed around.” Check the pictures above. For example, the second picture shows the emotion map of Kensington in which 39 people participated.