Enlarge Your Consciousness, in 4 Days 4 Free! – The BPU (Box Personal User)
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100 users randomly caught on social networks, placed in a box and sold at a symbolic price of EUR 9.99. As a work of art.
Each box, numbered and unique, contains one of them: the Personal User.
Opening the box, along with a small jelly reminiscent of the installation, a QRcode is discovered. Scanning the code, its owner will log in real time the emotional state of his Personal User: "15-02 – 2012, at 16:40:39 ‘: love," and so on, until the digital identity barely bought will be alive and will vote online.
Human beings continuously mutate. Over the last few years, this transformation has taken place at incredibly high speeds, mostly thanks to the wide and ubiquitous availability of digital networks and devices.
This changed the ways in which we work, learn, relate, consume, communicate, love.
"Enlarge Your Consciousness in 4 Days 4 Free!" uses people’s real time emotional expressions on social networks to animate a physical installation.
The emotions of millions of users on social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and FourSquare are harvested in real time (using open available APIs and techniques such as Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning) and used to give life to physical manifestations and info-aesthetic visualizations.
The project is the result of a wonderful collaboration between Salvatore Iaconesi / Oriana Persico (Art is Open Source) and Lara Mezzapelle / Giacomo Deriu.
"Enlarge Your Consciousness in 4 Days 4 Free!" was officially launched at BT’F Contemporary Art Gallery Friday, January 27th 2012, as an official initiative of Arte Fiera OFF.
Concept & realisation: Oriana Persico & Salvatore Iaconesi, Lara Mezzapelle & Giacomo Deriu
Curated by: Marco Aion Mangani & Alice Zannoni
Produced by: Miria Baccolini – BT’F Gallery