2: INTRODUCTION (Stuff Falls Apart)

The first and the simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind is curiosity.

Whatever turns the soul inward on itself, tends to concentre its forces, and to fit it for greater and stronger flights of science. By looking into physical causes our minds are opened and enlarged; and in this pursuit, whether we take or whether we lose our game, the chase is certainly of service. On the Sublime and Beautiful, Edmund Burke

BioCarta is a new geographic information system specifically designed to map relationships rather than try to represent directly practices either as economically productive or non-productive units that tend to rely on unreliable folk ontologies of family resemblance and essentialist ideas of genre to identity them and analyse their function in linguistic terms. It takes the form of a generative user interface anchored in the concept of affect as a spatiotemporal field of potentially relevant information.

The theoretical notion used is based on a materialist ontology of aesthetics whereby a subjects capacity to affect her environment and be affected by her environment is used to allow individuals to be represented not as an observed or non-observed economic unit but as a node on a geographic representation in relation to other nodes explicitly reflecting the connections between the purpose, function, appropriate internal constitution, and ensuing categorization of the entities represented.

BioCarta contributes by allowing the notions of 'aestehtics' to be the primary signifier of cultural transmission as being directly built into geographic representations; and proposing an alternative to the hierarchical levels found in the United Nations family of of international classifications that are linked by systematic relations to the mass media, education, politics and the economy.

Further, BioCarta presents an integrated view of the individual subject and her representation in the field of mind-body enfranchisement and provides as yet, unimagined and uninvented perspectives on a number of issues of ongoing interest in mind-body enfranchisement.

BioCarta ('Life Mapping') is about…

  • Mapping the cultural transmission of material affects.
  • Surveying the ways in which individuals affect and are affected by their own actions, rituals, interactions, encounters and experiences

This work is assumed to be a prerequisite for further research and experiments into:

  • How we orient ourselves within historical, geographical, political, linguistic, ideological, economic, and cultural perspectives and
  • How important location is to us in our everyday lives
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