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      Emotional Resonance: An Interactive Installation Controlled by Biometric Data

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      Politics of the Machines - Art and After (EVA Copenhagen)

      Digital arts and culture

      15 - 17 May 2018

      Interactive installation, Bio-sensors, Kinetic Sculpture

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          Emotional Resonance is an interactive installation that transforms humans’ pulse into motion and light reflections. As our pulse is influenced by emotion, and as a machinery reflection on our body signals creates a fascinating feedback loop, this work aims to explore emotions mediated by an interactive art installation. The project aims to foster the discourse on how biometric technology can cause emotions and consequently, how it connects us with a responsive machine or interactive art installation. The core questions, this work is provoking are (1) Can a machine, which is synchronized with our pulse create an emotional response? (2) How can an interactive machine or an art installation generate emotional resonance?

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                May 2018
                May 2018
                : 1-6
                [1 ] University of Applied Sciences Europe

                Berlin, Germany
                [2 ] Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

                Finkenau 35, Hamburg, Germany
                © Livia et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of EVA Copenhagen 2018, Denmark

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                Politics of the Machines - Art and After
                EVA Copenhagen
                Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark
                15 - 17 May 2018
                Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
                Digital arts and culture
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