Fühl-o-Meter: Interactive Installation Shows the Mood of the City

#Art

Sun, Dec 18th, 2011 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

By "reading" the expressions of random people's faces, the Fühl-o-Meter (Feel-o-meter) or "Public Face" is an art installation that shows the mood of the city in the form of a gigantic smiley.

From the article on Richard Wilhelmer's website:

The faces are analyzed by sophisticated software (contributed by the Fraunhofer Institut). The obtained mood data are then stored on a server and processed by the smiley to visualize the emotions in real-time. The system has been developed as joint project by the artists Julius von Bismarck, Benjamin Maus, and Richard Wilhelmer. They already realized a much respected media installation at the Gasometer in Berlin-Schöneberg in 2008. For their participation in the summer group show Provinz on Lindau-Island, they installed their interactive installation in and at Lindau-Island's lighthouse. The emotions are captured by a digital camera that is focused on the faces of the people standing in a specific area on the lakeside. A computer analyzes the photos and sends the results (happy, sad or indifferent) to the giant smiley on top of the lighthouse.

On Monday mornings, it probably look like this: >:(

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