HeartBit Walks

The section of the River Lee that borders the east side of Hackney Wick, branching to the west into the Hertford Union Canal, houses a culturally diverse community of active users, ranging from cycling and pedestrian commuters, to residential boats owners, runners, passers-by and to less fortunate rough sleepers. Despite its popularity, the canal walk suffers of environmental and security issues, with water pollution, shadowy underpasses and bottlenecks being only some of the factors that contribute to a rough appearance and an increased perception of crime risk after dusk.

The project intends to collect detailed emotional insights on the current use of the canal walk, ultimately aiming at raising the awareness of risk perception in the area. By mapping the affective reaction of the participants to selected walks and with the publication of the resulting emotional maps in an online archive progressively built during the duration of the festival, HeartBit Walks intends to offer a platform for the exploration of the local diverse identities and an opportunity for the local community to build an empowering diary of its collective voice.

Participants will be equipped with wearable sensing kits, that drawing on methods pioneered by artist Christian Nold (2007) will collect combined biometric (galvanic-skin response) and GPS information. Visualised in the form of searchable heat-maps, the results will be published on a dedicated micro-site to be shared with the wider LFA audience. The event is organised in partnership with the B-Pro Urban Design MArch at UCL Bartlett.

The event is free for all and no advance registration is necessary. Tickets will be allocated on the day on a first time first basis.


June 2, 2018

11:00 - 17:00

Admission: FREE

More Info: www.flowarchitecture.co.uk/heartbit-walks/

Image: FLOW Architecture


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