We Feel Fine – Jonathan Harris

May 19, 2009 at 8:51 pm (interesting, internet, odds) (, , , , , , )

I feel like writing a blog post about http://www.wefeelfine.org!

I stumbled across the work of Jonathan Harris today in another blog. He has a very imaginative approach to using information from blogs and the Internet in ever changing technological art work.

I particularly like We Feel Fine, which is a website that scans blogs for sentences containing ‘I feel’ or ‘I am feeling’ and grabs them, works our the mood of the poster, along with any data about the poster that is easily grabbed from the blog (age, gender, location, etc) and stores it for display in one of several inventive ways. It is a bit like a general ‘stream of conciousness for the Internet’, and quite humbling to read when you consider that behind each of those statements is a story to be told. It is a fascinating website.

He has a couple of other interesting projects too – Lovelines is a similar project, looking for ‘I love’ or ‘I hate’ and variations inbetween. He has a few others, but some of them seem to have been overtaken with spam (sigh).

This reminds me of the Listening Post project – which at the moment is installed in the Science Museum! I must make a point of visiting and having a look. Here is a YouTube video of it.


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