By misusing data material, Markus Kison researches social contexts
that emerge from the relationship between physical objects and their
inherent digital information layers. Pulse is a live visualization of
real-time emotional expressions on the Internet, inspired by Robert
Plutchik’s seminal book Psychoevolutionary Theory of Emotion (1980). In
it, he describes eight basic human emotions – joy, trust, fear,
surprise, sadness, disgust, anger and anticipation – and presents a
diagram in which these emotions and their weakened and amplified
counterparts form a three-dimensional cone containing 24 areas. The cone
serves as the basic form of Pulse and can expand in the 24 directions
of the emotions. Each time an emotion tag or its synonym is identified
in a recent blog entry, the shape-shifting object transforms itself, so
that the new volume represents a piece of the overall current emotional
condition of Internet users.
Pulse was developed in the Digital Media Class at the University of the Arts Berlin.