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Morphing Mood Buildings

The Water Cube in Beijing Was Transformed to Reflect China's Mood

— June 30, 2013 — Art & Design
Reflecting the mood in China, the Water Cube in Beijing was transformed into a giant mood building called the 'Nature and Man in Rhapsody of Light at the Water Cube.' Using data from social media platform Sina Weibo, the cube changes colors along with the nation's sentiments.

As citizens collectively express different emotions, the cube changes colors. While posts on Sina Weibo change in tone, so does the Water Cube. As a result, spectators can gauge how their fellow countrymen are feeling just by looking at the Building.

Developed by artist Jennifer Wen Ma and designer Zheng Jianwei, the installation runs using custom code. Software aggregates the emoticons posted on Sina Weibo in order to determine mood.
Trend Themes
1. Mood-sensing Architecture - Using social media data to create architectural installations that reflect and respond to the collective mood of a community or nation.
2. Emotional Data Analytics - Developing software and algorithms that analyze and interpret emotional data from social media platforms to gain insights into the sentiments of a population.
3. Interactive Art Installations - Creating immersive experiences that engage viewers by integrating technology, data, and innovative design in public spaces.
Industry Implications
1. Architecture - Architects can explore opportunities to incorporate mood-sensing technologies into their designs, creating dynamic and responsive buildings.
2. Data Analytics - Companies specializing in data analytics can leverage emotional data from social media platforms to provide valuable insights to businesses, governments, and organizations.
3. Art and Design - Artists and designers can collaborate with technology experts to create interactive installations that blur the boundaries between art and technology, transforming public spaces into immersive experiences.
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