Bio Mapping / Emotion Mapping

by Christian Nold

2004 - ongoing

Bio Mapping is revolutionary methodology and tool for visualising people's reactions to the external world.

Over the last five years, over 2000 people have taken part in community mapping projects in over 25 cities across the globe. In structured workshops, participants re-explore their local area with the use of a unique device invented by Christian Nold which records the wearer's Galvanic Skin Response (GSR), which is a simple indicator of emotional arousal in conjunction with their geographical location. On their return, a map is created which visualises points of high and low arousal.

The unique methodology of this project involves working with groups of people to interpret and analyse the data and adding annotating onto these individual emotion tracks. Through this process communal Emotion Maps of lots of people's emotion data are constructed which are packed full of personal observations and highlight the issues that people feel strongly about.

Over the last years Christian Nold has used this unique methodology and tool in many diverse contexts from art, community development, science research, architectural planning and large scale political consultations. Please get in touch if you would like to set a similar project in your area.

When we become aware of our own and each others unique body reactions to the environment we can create a better world!

Read Emotional Cartography edited by Christian Nold - free PDF download

Some examples:

Stockport Emotion Map

East Paris Emotion Map

San Francisco Emotion Map

Greenwich Emotion Map

Brentford Biopsy


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Unfortunately, in recent years there have been so many people, companies and institutions who have tried to copy or imitate the Bio Mapping device and use it for banal, exploitative or anti-social purposes.

For this reason I would like to make it clear that the Bio Mapping device and Emotion Mapping concept are Copyrighted and Trademarked!

For other work and more information please look at:

christian at softhook dot com