02 May 2008

Digital art and happiness

Yesterday, on May 1st, 76 people loved you, 20 people loved him and 14 people loved her. Some more people loved a photograph or a picture, and a few even loved their job... over 2000 took pictures of something they loved, and the first page shows an abundance of blue and yellow in those photos. It is all part of an art project, Lovelines , which is linked to a commercial venture, and funded by a company who make mints. This is part of their statement:

Through large scale blog analysis, Lovelines illuminates the topography of the emotional landscape between love and hate, as experienced by countless normal humans keeping personal online journals.

The artists have already created a similar (and much bigger) project, We Feel Fine , which started in 2005 and makes art from data mining. If you open it on the menu at the top, you can select a country, an age group, a feeling, and see a ballet of colourful little balls bouncing around your screen, each one representing a sentence from a blog, each sentence evoking a feeling. I tried happiness for Ireland, and got a lot of negatives, but on January 5th, 2007, a 29 year old woman in Malahide was happy, and blogging about it.

1 comment:

haydn said...

Interesting - coincidentally we create oneworldwallet only a couple of weeks back but it seems to share some of those features. Our priority though was to explore the network effect on the art.