The installation “Kikoeru” listens to shared thoughts, interprets states of mind and translates the data gathered into an audiovisual installation capable of representing the collective emotional state of the net and its changes on the basis of events that take place around Indonesia.
The emotional state of each and every one of us is conditioned by impulses and stimuli from the outside world, from the people we relate to and from our experiences, constantly modifying our perception of ourselves and what lies around us. Ever more often, these interactions take place through digital social channels and networks, turning into data which may be listened to, interpreted and used. Suffice to access a social network, pick up a smartphone or simply surf the web to make personal and private information public, thus feeding ‘Big Data’: enormous pools of information containing all that which is inputted into the network. The news and thoughts of users spread across social networks in real time. And so an event with worldwide implications immediately involves millions of people sharing their own opinions and emotions: happiness, anger, sadness, disgust, amazement or fear. Thus, imagining Internet as a living organism, we might think that its emotional state may be given by the overall emotions shared by users at any given time.
The aim is to make the flow of data and information visible that are constantly being created by users, and that may be heard and interpreted by anyone, in the attempt to stimulate a reflection on the opportunities and dangers of the digital revolution that we are currently going through. Big Data may in fact be used to monitor the spread of an epidemic in real time, or to prevent a crime and improve the safety of a city; likewise, they may also be exploited by companies and institutions to store – often unknown to us – infinite quantities of information on our own private lives. We believe that gaining awareness of these mechanisms may be of help in the protection of individual and collective free speech.
– Media Art Globale, Jakarta