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Friday, March 23, 2012

Emotional Mapping and Writing the City at Hugo House

Posted by on Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Let's begin with Biomapping. It's is a "tool for visualizing people's reactions to the external world." It was invented by Christian Nold, a London-based artist, and inspired by psychogeography, a core situationist theory and practice. But psychogeography, the study of the relationship between emotions and features of urban space, never left the limits of fun and games. It was a great idea, and even a deep one, but it failed to produce a school of professionals or a unified body of serious research. Psychogeography never became more than a 20th century form of flaneurie.

Biomapping, on the other hand, has real political, academic, architectural, and commercial potential—indeed, Nold had to copyright the concept because marketers were too quick to exploit it. Information about how people internally experience or feel certain parts of the city is not just beautiful but very useful.

To learn more about these potential uses, listen to this lecture by Nold. I'm also teaching a class at Hugo House this April that will incorporate Nold's findings into (hopefully) a new thinking about writing and the urban experience.

I always get emotional when I see a train pulling out of Columbia City Station...



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Did you drop the first o in Emotional on purpose?
Posted by SPG on March 23, 2012 at 9:59 AM · Report this
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Does it have anything to do with Thoughtography?

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on March 23, 2012 at 10:13 AM · Report this
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The emotion I feel is despair, seeing what is supposedly a transit station in a big city and yet all you can see for a mile around is trees and roadway. I've seen more urban places in the outskirts of Missoula. Where's the development? I'd rather see a tin shack shantytown than that.
Posted by Fnarf on March 23, 2012 at 11:48 AM · Report this
I'd rather be anally raped than listen to Chuckie braying his pseudo-intellectual nonsense.
Posted by BetarayBilly2 on March 23, 2012 at 7:19 PM · Report this
Posted by Central Scrutinizer on March 23, 2012 at 9:46 PM · Report this

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