When I attended a bio-mapping workshop led by artist Christian Nold, I saw how he employed The Global Positioning System (GPS), navigation by satellite signal, together with galvanic skin readings, to map people's emotional traces through place. Nold's methodology, reveals otherwise hidden signals (GPS) and data (human stress levels). I began to wonder if I could reveal some hidden data, which might evidence an interaction between the
environment and the human body. I experimented with thermal imagery using my body to draw heat signals through and onto the outside environment.

The thermal images revealed my body's affect on place through the marks I left on place. Also as my body became similar in temperature to the surrounding environment, the camera revealed an interaction between place and body, as they (through matching temperature) merged together.
This interaction recalls scientist and maverick Rupert Sheldrake's ideas about humankind's interactive relationship with environment. 'Through our perceptions, the environment is brought within us, but we also extend outwards into the environment.'

 

Christian Nold, http://www.biomapping.net/ and http://www.softhook.com/ (Accessed 11 February 2008)


Richard Wallace. Ti Thermal Imaging Ltd, http://www.thermalimaging.co.uk ( Accessed 11 February 2008)

 

R. Sheldrake, "The sense of being stared at" in Seven experiments that could change the world. Park Street Press, Rochester Vermont. 2002. pp106-107