Nature, nerds, and technobiophilic maps

A post by Sue Thomas about a ‘Nature Mapping Project’ by Sheffield Hale, a map-maker and resident of the city of San Francisco who has made a map of stargazing events in and around San Francisco; a map of some of the best places for children and tourists to experience nature in San Francisco, including where to bike in parks, see wildlife, and enjoy local wild lands, and a map of parks in the area where wifi is available….

TECHNOBIOPHILIA Sue Thomas

A High Peak panorama between Hayfield and Chinley. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peak_District#/media/File:Near_the_High_Peak_-_pano.jpg A High Peak panorama between Hayfield and Chinley.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peak_District#/media/File:Near_the_High_Peak_-_pano.jpg

When I was in my twenties I regularly went walking in the Derbyshire Peak District with several friends who were keen on the outdoors. I, in contrast, was very inexperienced and went along for the company rather than the exercise, so it usually Ordnance Survey ‐ Explorer OL24 Scale 1:25 000 Map of The Peak District - White Peak Areawasn’t long before I would become a little grumpy about the pace and distance. Sorry guys. But I did love the picnics because that was when we actually sat down for a while and those meals always tasted wonderful outdoors. I still remember the mushroom and potato curry, cooked the night beforehand, packed in tupperware and then carried in a rucksack for miles before being heated up over a small stove and eaten atop some remote sheepy moorland. Some of the best meals I’ve had.

My companions were also very keen on map-reading. I, however, thought of maps as a massive distraction from…

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About inquiline

Contemporary artist making live performance, sound, video and digital artworks, with people and places. Often nature is involved. Parks and other urban green spaces and networks are at the centre of my current research interests beside a long term general interest in the meeting points between the human and non-human.

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