Bio Mapping - Christian Nold


Christian Nold
2006 ongoing

This project has its own website

How can we conceive and visulise the discursive space of RFID?
Everybody seems to be guessing about the future potential and implementation of Radio Frequency Identification tags whilst nobody seems to have a good overview . 'Experts' are starting to emerge that try to shape the language that we are using to discuss this technology. For example Bruce Sterling coined the biological metaphor of 'Arphids', Kathrine Albright suggests 'Spychips' while the corporate lobby are pushing 'Green Tags' that emphasise the potential for recycling.

What quickly becomes clear is that the technology as well as the metaphors around it are not fully formed yet. This socio/techno/cultural space is a hotly fought over battleground of language. The aim of the RFID map is to provide an overview of this battle that is so sorely lacking at the moment. What are the corporate, consumer and activist lexicons that are starting to emerge around this technology? The early knowledge of these lexicons allows us the time to intervene tactically and shape the techology towards more open and democratic ends.

We will soon be releasing here a series of topic focused digital + printed maps under a Creative Commons licence. There will also be and extremly large "Bayeux Tapestry" wall print to try and show the connections between language and actor networks.

In order to gather the data for the map, we are currently organising participatory workshops as well as interviewing people with experience and ideas around RFID.

Please contact us if you would like to invite us for a workshop, be interviewed or exhibit some of our maps!

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Christian Nold


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Last Updated 3/3/2011

It has been an enourmous long time since I last updated this! I have never been a blog person, and felt irritated by the way new media culture pushes us to be constantly visible to the world. Recently though I kept getting email from people wondering what I was up to. So today is my birthday and I have finally given in :) . So a quick update I am excited about what Rob van Kranenburg and I are calling the Internet of People - which will be a book coming out in the next few months. I am also exstatic about trying to build and map alternative currencies. Take a look at the Bijlmer Euro project. In the last year I have also been building a unique mapping software called Sensory Journeys and the Town Toolkits for which I will build a proper site. On Saturday I am off to Helsinki for the Pixeache festival where I am preseting some work but more importantly working on and island toolkit for the next year. More info soon...