Data Visualization: Final Project

Psychology/Physiology of Relationships

Project Proposal

MPM35B: Final Project

March 27th, 2012

New Media art supersedes all other forms of art in its ability to most successfully illustrate the progression of a series of events due to its inclusivity of all mediums. With the advancement of technology, science visualizations have taken on short films, but the 2-dimensional medium does not fully capture the essence of physiological processes. Through the use of mechanics, programming, motors, and sensors, Psychology/Physiology will recreate the biology of relationship building in a time-based installation. Gadgets, gizmos, and screens consume our attention and sublimely put the idea of material gain over social bonding. Surfing the web is to my peers more appealing than getting to know somebody. It is not common for me to bask in the experience of another inner state, in fact that very sentence seems disruptive. I have chosen to recreate the physiology of bonding through machine as a juxtaposing nostalgic piece and pay homage to an underrated phenomenon. By using dynamic moving chemical models floating and interacting in the open space of a human figure, Psychology/Physiology of Relationships will demonstrate the internal events that occur during physical interaction.

The piece will encompass various physical and non-physical components. Physical components include motion sensors, touch sensors, servos, cams, gears, chemical models and wire encasing. Non-physical components include fuzzy-logic, case, memory programs. The physical and non-physical components will work together to produce a sensing, interpreting, and moving piece. To begin with, a motion sensor will detect the presence of someone.  The reading will determine which action to take using fuzzy logic and case programs. The case program will tell which servo to run and the moving servo will cause the cam to spin. The visible part will show a moving chemical model that is attached to the cam. The model will move in an open space that is a visual signal to the user that it is of significance. If a pre-determined interaction occurs between the piece and the user, a special chemical movement will occur that is akin to physiological events during relationship building. The association of chemical models to brain chemistry and the movement of certain chemicals due to the presence of a person will associate their presence with some sort of internal dialogue. The sequence of certain model movement with certain user actions will create a sense of understanding of certain actions and subsequent model presence. Through this understanding of the piece, the user will grow to understand how their actions are being interpreted by the piece. After a certain length of time interacting with the piece, a special model movement will happen, a bond will form. This indicates the chemical created when one loves another. The uniqueness of this action between the models will puzzle the user if he/she does not understand their effect on the piece or might be understood by the user if he/she is aware. The piece can only exist through user’s attention.

Dynamic installations have the ability to narrate scientific visualization unlike textbook images nor short films. Specifically the combination of mechanics with sensors allow for interactions and actions that parallel organic life. The piece will be an artful representation of a scientifically document phenomena and be an education experience for the user. As a social animal, humans lose something significant when diverting their attention away from creating healthy social relations and towards materialistic obsessions. There are documented accounts of limbic resonance achieve though  human interaction to be a prerequisite to physiological balance. The incorporation of a predetermined series of events that the piece associates with love is a replication of how people form their opinions of what love it according to how they were treated in early years. Life is said to be best when shared. As social being what we do inside relationship is the most important aspect of life and give us meaning. My fixation on this topic is a reflection of the importance of social living.





Levi van Veluw Automata 2011

A Philosophical Physiology of Love: