Snow's work came at a time when concurrent developments in public life such as the rise of daily journals and the penny press meant that cholera became a publicly debated issue, to the point that it became a national obsession.
From church services to broadsheets, newspapers to household disinfectant labels, this proliferation of public information caused ideas and beliefs about the communication and cure of cholera to thrive. Routes of communication, fed as much by superstition as science came together to create a kind of uncharted territory through which the public had to steer.
The importance of local knowledge is referenced in Sarah Cole and Anne Eggebert's series of street lectures and performances the Weekly Returns that see a number of cross-disciplinary speakers and performers return ideas, beliefs, and song to the streets of Soho.
Catherine Anyango's Sanctuaries use soap to recreate the tiled surfaces of stereotypical female 'sanctuaries' such as bathrooms and kitchens. Exploiting the fact that soap distorts on exposure, an image at first domestic and benign slowly reveals a malign cartography.
In Scent of Darkness, Bompas & Parr collected London's aromas as perfumes that were then shipped to photographer Thomas Brown and stylist Lyndsay Milne to create visual maps that reference the many smells that pervade the city.