Mood Radar

2012

What: Graduation work for the Master Media Design and Communication: Networked Media, Piet Zwart Institute.
Where: Tent Rotterdam 2012, V2 Rotterdam 2012, Sign Groningen in 2013 and Venice Biennale 2013.

Mood Radar is a personal weather forecasting system based on your mood presence. On the opening night, visitors received a personal reading in a semi-autonomous space resembling both weather station and gypsy caravan that was parked outside of TENT on the Witte de Withstraat. Inside the Mood Radar lab-caravan a divining rod specially designed using a para-rational approach measured the body’s unconscious movements and bio-electric signals to draw up a map of the visitors mood. Acting as a personal weather forecast chart, a map generated by the reading revealed how one would experience the weather for the next day. Afterwards, they got the chance to become a weather reporter and present it using the same blue-screen technique as on television. By reversing the common sense statement ‘the weather affects your mood’ to ‘your mood affects the weather’, I flipped the linear understanding of causality, of subject and object, in an attempt to offer a space to contemplate upon causal factors that do not necessarily subscribe to a scientific paradigm.  This work aimed to question the politics of knowledge production; the how information is inquired in the face of uncertainty, and problematising the rational/irrational dichotomy by straddling it. The project also tried to playfully rethink the idea of uncertainty as a negative event while metaphorically alluding to discourse regimes which shape reality. Ultimately the aim of this body of research was to create a space that fostered a convergence of various sources of knowledge to deal with complex multiple realities.

As a part of the show, graphic design was utilized to help construct a support system that creates reality through the aesthetics of legitimacy. I designed the visual identity including logo, poster, infographics and the official website of the weather station. This work later manifested into Prediction TV, a solo exhibition at Showroom MAMA in 2012.

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