Texting creates emotional art

24 Apr

I discovered this ingenious art installation created for Museo Nacional de Antropologica in Mexico City.

It’s like a giant lite-brite; a 45-foot cylindrical steel tower with small, resin-based Tlaloc figurines attached to it. (Tlaloc is the ancient Aztec god of rain). Inside each figurine is a multi-coloured LED.

Here’s where mobile technology takes over.

Passers-by are encouraged to text to a certain number and indicate their current emotion, either:  Love, happy, mad, sad etc. Each emotion is represented by a colour. Love = red, happy = green, mad = blue and so on.

As the texts are received, a program groups the emotions in the order they are received and lights a figurine.

In essence, the installation becomes a barometer of the mood of the public at any given time.

(Images from Behance Network)


2 Responses to “Texting creates emotional art”

  1. maureen blaseckie April 24, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    This has so many levels of delight…I’m a fan of public art in all forms, from graffiti to architecture to fountains and even, in some enlightened cases, urinals…It is always fun to find pieces that actively encourage the viewer to participate in the process.
    This piece also falls into the grand Mexican tradition of mosaic art, melding the traditional tesserae tiles with the electronic tesseract…so cool….
    I think I like the aspect that emotions are not a simple one note/colour in our lives but a tapestry and we each have an affect on the people around us and that it is constantly changing…
    Thanks Doug for this, it’s a great way to start my Easter morning…Damn, now I want to go to back to Mexico and kick around all the great places you’ll never find on the all-inclusive resort tour bus schedules…


  2. dougbrowncreative April 24, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    Good insight there Moe. I can imagine there are days when the mood is more upbeat depending on news, weather and, of course, sports. 🙂 Happy Easter!

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