Emotive Mapping on shades of grey Installation
Color is a silent language. In his book “Color, Environment, and Human Response,” Frank Mahnke discusses how color has a vibration, like music. Mahnke goes on to explain how artists have successfully evoked a visceral reaction antecedent to words.
Experiencing color is both objective and subjective. There are visual, symbolic, synesthetic, emotional, physiological and psychological effects of color. There is also a collective unconscious reaction to color that we have inherited from things happening around us. We have tried using color to map the emotional state of the surrounding that the installation is kept in.
For the purpose of this project we mapped 16 shades of grey to a pixel. The darkest shade of grey (tending towards black) would link to a sad emotional state where as the lightest shade of grey (tending towards white) would tend to happy state. Each pixel is mapped onto the screen to appear randomly into a grid pattern. After about 150 inputs a general emotion of the public space that the installation is kept in will start to emerge where depending on the overall color of the screen.
Each time a user inputs a shade of grey, the screen pixels start colliding to show that the input has been registered and then formulate the grid.
For a simple suggestion to show the general emotion to the users a smiley is mapped along with the actual screen to show the state of the current mapped inputs through a normal emoticon, happy emoticon, very happy emoticon and sad emoticon.
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