David: I am slightly obsessed by maps. They are containing some of the most beautiful stories we have ever told each other, reveal the biggest of secrets. Hold more meaning than the even the best poem could hope to contain. I have learnt to read maps as stories, as history. One of the tools for reading a map is hodology – the study of paths. Seeing a path and understanding that its placement determines the history of place. Change the route of a path and villages shuffle position, towns form somewhere else, a city becomes fields. We talk about our paths in life, the word leaking from geography and landscape into the maps of our lives into a sense of studying the formation of our own trails. Hodology in neuroscience is about the interconnection of brain cells – the smallest places in us that make us who we are. Today the word has felt like it describes the sense of a path that can be mapped from microcosm to macrocosm, the connective route between an inner map to external landscape.
Jo: Well that makes two of us! I’m completely obsessed by maps – looking at them, collecting them and making them. I also have to agree with you about paths, and have often used them as a vehicle in my artwork. I can now see how through Twitter our paths have crossed and we’re doing this project. I love the fact that through this journey of 50 words we are finding out about each other, without ever having met face to face, or having spoken on the phone. I liked your sentence “the connective route between an inner map to external landscape.” It feels as through the ether of the Internet, we are sharing our inner paths for all to see. I call that deliciously terrifying.