Summary and Rationale
This project explored the (bio)physical and emotional relationships between people and place. By using state of the art galvanic skin response units alongside geographical positioning technology, this project sought to map (bio)physical records of human interaction with their environment. To date, this potential has been explored through and for artistic means. The pioneering ‘biomapping’ work of Christian Nold has produced a range of innovative maps which demonstrate the possibility of harnessing GPS and GSR technology to advance geographical knowledge (For an example of this please click here). This project sought to explore this potential further, with a primary focus on the scholarly and policy (rather than artistic)-oriented insight that motivates our work. This was undertaken initially through a series of experimental ‘trials’ to produce innovative cartographies of new and familiar environments.
To product innovative cartographies of new and familiar environments by mapping (bio)physical records of human interaction with their environment.
Since this project was largely based on experimental ‘trials’ its research questions, at the initial stage, were methodological rather than substantive.
This project utilised state of the art galvanic skin response units alongside geographical positioning technology to map (bio)physical records of human interaction with their environment. This quantitative cartography was interpreted by respondents through the use of qualitative discussions and interviews, giving a personalised insight into embodied engagements between people and place.
Engagement and Dissemination Activities
As part of the WISERD Centre for Welsh Politics and Society Seminar Series, Dr Taulant Guma from the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University presents emerging findings from the WISERD/Civil Society project on ‘Migrants, Minorities and Engagement in Local Civil Society’.