Week 7/8 – Observation




For this next project, Emphera; Drawing motility & sensorial data, I am interested in documenting the sound, ground ‘tactile’ texture, and smell of the site. I will do this by following a designated pathway that goes across the entire site and by notating my findings as I move through the landscape. I plan to use a video camera and a GPS app on my phone to record my findings. The work below has given me inspiration on how to represent the data that comes out from my site exploration.


This week I have been looking at the work of Nathan Yau. Surprisingly, he is not an artist but a PhD in Statistics. His latest work focuses on data collection and how people use visualization in the everyday context. He developed the project Flowing Data which explores how statisticians, designers, data scientists, and others use analysis, visualization, and exploration to understand data and ourselves.

Using RunKeeper for cycling, he was able to collect data of where people run in American cities. What came out of his analysis is that people like to run by the water and in parks. Below are some of the maps he created.


Washington D.C.





Another project that I am looking at is Sensory Maps from Kate McLean. Her work focuses on investigating smell perceptions of the city environment and depicting her findings in a variety of artistic and cartographic forms.  In her own words, her work “draws from contemporary cartographic theory and sensory ethnography to develop tools for analyzing sensory ethnographic findings; visual and linguistic descriptors for an odour classification system; and to contribute to debates on promoting memorable urban tourism where tourists fulfill multiple roles as authors, consumers and producers of the smellscape.” Below are some of her beautiful and interesting maps.


New Port, Rhode Island


Detail of New Port, RI map




Edinburgh detail