The ‘Tense Nervous Headaches’ project involved exploratory walks around different locations in London, mapping local electromagnetic radiation.
I hosted two exploratory walks around Crystal Palace, measuring radiation levels. Following detailed research into planning applications for the local area, the story of each mobile mast was investigated, along with the technical data for each type of transmitter installed, and the known medical effects. Participants measured radiation and drew on maps, contributing to a collaborative artwork – which was effectively a map of local mobile phone radiation.
The first exploratory walks were held in 2007, at Crystal Palace, followed by walks in 2013, for an exhibition at the Furtherfield Gallery, Finsbury Park, London. The walks proved to be very popular, and I have received many requests to do similar projects in other places.