This week we focused on clarifying our concept. Our ultimate goal is to fabricate a crowd-fed heart that inflates, lights up and reacts to positive social media input.
The major change to this sketch is that we changed the order of the windows. Rather than have the heart pumping the screens, we’ve made it so that the screens feed the heart. Our assumption is that we will make the windows aesthetically cohesive enough that onlookers will recognize that they are a pair and will read them directionally from left to right.
Window concept. Heart beat fabricated by Yuan Chen.
The Idea: HEART likes attention. Every time it gets attention on social media, HEART skips a beat. HEART blinks, pumps and beats according to how much social media love it gets. Our ultimate goal is to fabricate a crowd-fed heart that inflates, lights up and reacts -essentially beats- to positive social media input. That will live in one window. We will display those interactions in feeds on screens in the adjacent window. (Our windows need to be side by side because they will need to visually ‘connect’ via the valves that we fabricate).
Heart beat fabricated by Yuan Chen.
Execution: A series of social media profiles will be created for HEART (instagram, twitter, facebook). The social feeds will be color coded and represented by a screen each. Passersby will be prompted to interact with HEART (send messages, tweet at it, et al). Those interactions will be displayed on their respective social media screens, and will feed HEART’s behavior
Remaining Questions, A Very Incomplete List:
-Will it be attention agnostic, as happy to receive negative attention as it is to receive positive?
-Exactly which social feeds will be displayed, and how will we prompt people to interact with HEART?
-Will HEART be called HEART, or will we go with something more allegorical?
-Materiality determinations -foam, wire, paper machée?
-Tech specs: literally all of them.