Mood of Singapore
Mood of Singapore is a project in collaboration with Prof Vibeke Sorensen, Chair of NTU ADM, which aims to visualize the emotions of the Little Red Dot in real time. Singapore-geolocated social data is collected and processed by SenticNet technologies and visualized according to the emotion-color mapping of the Hourglass of Emotions. The results of such mapping are displayed through an interactive sculpture, a dynamic architectural installation that has as its center-piece a large ‘arch’ or ‘doorway’ that emits colored light and animates in reflection of the live emotions expressed by people based in Singapore communicating through networks such as Twitter. It rethinks the term ‘public art’ in the context of social transmodal transmedia. The ‘arch’ or ‘doorway’ is iconic and references developmental transformation, the metaphoric passing from one state to another, of growth and change that is analogous to the transformative effect that communications technologies have upon our collective human condition. The arch also signifies human transformation of the environment, today both physical and digital, as this iconic form has been used across different cultures in Singapore. This ‘doorway’ is reflected within a wall-mirrored room where it is repeated into a tunnel-like shape, an infinity of doorways that exist as an endless cycle, or echo, of past and future in space and time, and collapsing into the eternal present. A wooden pathway traverses the room through the doorway, and connects the two mirrored walls and thus creates the ‘infinite’ pathway for the audience to walk upon. The arch sculpture is made of 30 building blocks of ‘digi-tiles’. Consisting of crushed recycled glass and custom electronics, they emit colored light and the colors and shapes change in real time based on a real-time analysis of semantics and sentics emanating from sources such as Twitter from all over Singapore. The current mood of the people of Singapore through color and motion thus become an immersive presence, a dynamic rainbow that bathes us in light. One installation of Mood of Singapore is currently operational at NTU Experimental Medicine Building.