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Harris / Kamvar: We feel fine

Harris / Kamvar: We feel fine

We feel fine is a lovely new project by Jonathan Harris and Sepandar Kamvar. It scrapes blogs, Myspace accounts and similar social networking systems, looking for the sentence fragments “I feel” and “I am feeling”, recording the sentence and the context they appear in, including photographs in the case of Flickr entries. The result is a massive dataset of feelings and moods combined with demographic data.

Written in Processing, We feel fine is a delightful combination of data mining and typographic treatment. Like Golan Levin’s The Dumpster, it is at once poetic and somehow serious. The playful use of color and typography supports the content of the piece, making it both beautiful and wondrous to explore.

While We feel fine goes a little further than The Dumpster in trying to project scientific axis on the data, both projects make a claim at scientific impact which is not really held up by the work. Ultimately, both are arbitrary visualizations of data which is hardly quantifiable. The success of these works (and they are successful) then stems from their ability to project a snapshot of human emotions in multitudes of permutation, as evidenced on blogs and social networking services. While the viewer may get a slight insight from the axis on which the data can be projected, the sheer size of the dataset is much more signficant in its impact on the audience.

Jonathan Harris presented at the OFFF Festival yesterday. See his site for his other visualization projects. Sepandar Kamvar founded a search engine called Kaltix, which was acquired by Google. He is a consulting assistant professor of Computational Mathematics and Engineering at Standford.

7 Responses to “OFFF: We feel fine”
1. We need money not art, May 16th, 2006 at 10:05

OFFF: We feel fine

Harris / Kamvar: We feel fine
We feel fine 是由Jonathan Harris和Sepandar Kamvar共同完成的一个新的有趣的项目 。它通过个人博客 ,Myspace帐户以及社区网络系统来找寻并收集相关的包含有“I feel ”和  “I am…

2. urbsoul » Blog Archive » test又消失了), May 26th, 2006 at 18:05

[...] 我首先是在we-need-money-not-art的网站上看到这个有趣的消息的。(但是不知道怎么他们的这个页面后来又消失了) [...]

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