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An exploration of human emotion, in six movements June 9, 2006

Posted by farshadf in Art, Uncategorized.
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Wow, this site is amazing. Such a great art piece that really does takes the pulse of how the world is feeling. What it does is combs through the internet to find all the feelings people are writing and then creates a database around it to show in an interesting way.  I don't really explain it well so you'll just have to go check it out at www.wefeelfine.org.  It's also powerful in the way it conveys the information is six different movements from madness to murmurs.  Check out the gallery and explore around a bit.  Not surprisingly, it's created by Jonathan Harris of www.number27.org who had also created love-lines , 10×10,  and wordcount.

Here's some info from his site:

The result is a database of several million human feelings, increasing by 15,000 – 20,000 new feelings per day. Using a series of playful interfaces, the feelings can be searched and sorted across a number of demographic slices, offering responses to specific questions like: do Europeans feel sad more often than Americans? Do women feel fat more often than men? Does rainy weather affect how we feel? What are the most representative feelings of female New Yorkers in their 20s? What do people feel right now in Baghdad? What were people feeling on Valentine's Day? Which are the happiest cities in the world?  The saddest? And so on.

The interface to this data is a self-organizing particle system, where  each particle represents a single feeling posted by a single individual. The particles' properties – color, size, shape, opacity – indicate the nature of the feeling inside, and any particle can be clicked to reveal the full sentence or photograph it contains. The particles careen wildly around the screen until asked to self-organize along any number of axes, expressing     various pictures of human emotion. We Feel Fine paints these pictures in six formal movements titled: Madness, Murmurs, Montage, Mobs, Metrics, and Mounds.

Found this on a really cool blog called http://www.rm116.com/

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