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Art.CHI 2017

Interactive Media Works

A CHI2017 Exhibition

mood.cloud

Data as Art

Younghui Kim, Lindsay Reynolds, Geri Gay and Hyuns Hong

The project, mood.cloud is an exploratory artistic display of data as art. Emotional status is something that forms and passes like a cloud in the air. What if an installation can hold and collect individual emotional statuses and displays how we all feel together in the same space? Will collective emotional awareness influence individual moods and vice versa?

For creating a certain mood, people often use lighting effects and colorful lights. When used on a large scale like with mood.cloud, lights are somewhat emotionally overwhelming and powerfully expressive. This project visualizes emotional status of people in twenty-four strings of LED lights: the bottom LED string refreshes to the color corresponding to the most recent input and it moves up as more updates occur afterward. Through this representation, one can reflect on the collective emotional status of the people in that space in a timely manner.

Images

mood.cloud light art piece installed in the Gates Hall Lobby, Cornell University, 2014.

mood.cloud light art piece installed in the Gates Hall Lobby, Cornell University, 2014.

mood.cloud light art piece installed in the Gates Hall Lobby, Cornell University, 2014.

mood.cloud build in-progress.

Authors

Younghui Kim
Hongik University, Sejong, South Korea
Younghui is a media artist who finds inspiration from everyday things or reactions she observes in different cultures. For over a decade she has been exploring the field of new media art, including wearable technology, combining physical computing technology with soft textile design.

Lindsay Reynolds
Cornell University, New York, USA
Lindsay is a post-doctoral researcher in the Interaction Design Lab at Cornell University. Her work explores technologies for mental and physical well-being.

Geri Gay
Cornell University, New York, USA
Geri is a professor in Information Science and the director of the Interaction Design Lab at Cornell. Her research focuses on social and technical issues in the design and application of interactive communication technologies.

Hyuns Hong
Hongik University, Sejong, South Korea
Hyuns is an artist. Using computer science and electronics as artistic methods, Hyuns is currently pursuing an extended study of relations between lives and machines.