3rd 01SJ Biennial September 2010

A global festival of art on the edge

Global Mind Radar/Reader (an Emotional Barometer)

Lynn Hershman Leeson
Interactive installation: glass dome, projection, audio speakers, computer
01SJ Biennial: Superlight
San Jose Museum of Art
May 10 – August 31, 2008

Co-producer: Michella Rivera-Gravage
Lead Programming: Colin Klingman,
Additional Programming: Jason Peters, Bill Hsu (SFSU)
Fabrication: Connect Art International, Acrylic Art
Blog data: Technorati.com
Mood Analysis: Lexalytics Salience Engine
Text-to-speech: AT&T Natural Voices
Mood Model: Ellen Borgasser

Special Thanks: Peter Hirshberg, Hiro Narita, Steve Sacks, Jeffrey
Catlin, Kevin Grimaldi
Like a dynamic teleprompter for what is on the global mind, Lynn Hershman Leeson’s new work Global Mind Radar/Reader ( An Emotional Barometer )“reads” current blog postings about emotionally charged topics, such as climate change, consumerism, and politics. In this piece, a glass dome sits on a pedestal. As text from blogs are projected within the glass dome, they animate a virtual character with glee, indifference, or sadness, serving as an emotional barometer of what people are thinking. Viewers can text message blog requests to the Global Mind Radar/Reader and have it react immediately. Whispered voices create a chorus of overlapping blog readings.

Global Mind Radar is part of Lifen, a year-long exhibition series on the work of Lynn Hershman Leeson initiated by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and jointly organized by the de Young Museum, the Hess Collection, New Langton Arts, SFMOMA, and the 01SJ Global Festival of Art on the Edge.