post building the project

July 18th, 2008

Filed under: CHAMELEON PROJECT — Tina @ 6:20 pm

I left Australia in January, with my family, to embark on the ANAT synapse residency, where I was to work with my collaborators to build the beginnings of the Chameleon Project, a two year project to be finalized in early 2010. I traveled to MITMedia Lab twice to build the mind reading technology and work with Ros Picard and Rana El kaliouby of the Affective computing Group. I then travelled to the Banff Center to shoot the beginning video of the project. We then moved to London to work with Chris Frith, a neuroscientist at the Wellcome Department of Neuroimaging, as well as Hugo Critchley, chair of Psychiatry at Brighton and Susses Medical School.

To understand “Chameleon’s” complexities, we are building the work in small stages. There is many reasons for this – one – to make sure each element of the project is well researched. To provide a ‘visual language that all collaborators can understand, to provide a more modular, ‘jumping off’ point so each research may be able to take the project and use it with in their own research and experiments. To provide a platform where the work can be exhibited in progress, and audience evaluation and feedback can be gathered. 

We are now working on experiment 5 and 6.

Experiment one: creating an ‘ethnographic style short film’ to understand the most potent actions that cause emotional contagion (shot at BMNI) (still in edit)

Experiment two: creating a live emotional contagion tool that transposes live social interactions and slows it down to reveal micro-expressions. (showed at the Dana Centre, Science Museum London)

Experiment three: implementing Frith’s emotional algorithm to drive two still portraits that emotionally respond to each other. Live feed to the web (chat rooms) – to transpose text written by a man writing about the emotion they are expressing, to transpose text written by a woman writing about the emotion they are expressing. (below potential mock up for gallery space) – showed in Banff

 Experiment four: Understanding how emotions propagate in social groups


Experiment five: Building a video engine that integrates the emotional algorithm hypothesized by Chris Frith. Using higher resolution video, two people converse with each other.


Experiment six: Building a video engine that integrates the emotional algorithm hypothesized by Chris Frith. Using higher resolution video, twelve people converse with each other, infecting each other with their emotional state.

Experiment seven: Integrating the mind reading technology developed the the MIT MediaLab.

Experiment eight: exploring different displays with a more sculptural aesthetic.

experiment nine: using three networked computers and cameras to drive three emotional portraits

Experiment ten:  final work: up to five participants enter a space, triggering video portraits that aim implicate you into an emotional drama.


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