Week 2 : Narrative Development 1

The main aim/objective is to use the representation of the experience/feeling/emotion of the walk as the main element of the design. A specific design methodology has been derived from the mapping in week 1. It serves as a template or base in designing my scheme. The mapping could have been more precise by taking account more of the physical condition aspects of the listener. For instance; body temperature, heartbeat rate and probably pupil dilation.

According to Darwin, the correlation of feeling and the expression are the same all over the world. In simpler terms, emotions can be known as a worldwide common language, which in terms of communication, emotion has bigger benefits than speech. There are three functions of emotions; selecting function, expressive function and motivational function. So, by using emotion as a medium of communication and the main concept in my project, people all over the world could benefit this without any barriers.

After investigating and researching the methods of measuring emotions; which is very very super tangible, I’ve found that most of the aspects of measuring emotions, such as through heartbeat rate, kinetic motions and others will response result in the form of body temperature. In general, all sort of emotion that a person experiences will literally be represented through his/her body temperature. Different temperature at different parts of the body represents different kind of emotions. Certain emotions could be grouped together, in terms of bodily reactions. For instance, anger, fear and anxiety were each associated with increased activity in the chest area and upper body. I’ve also found out that all emotions were triggered by the sensation in the head area through absorption of information.

In terms of Material, I was inspired by the application of the mood ring, which changes colour in response to the wearer’s body temperature. The ring is filled with liquid crystal, which is a thermochromics material that responses to temperature. Just so you know, Liquid crystal is widely used in LCDs. These kind of material are known as THERMOCHROMIC; which its properties will change when response to certain temperature. For Tuesday, for my object, I would like to explore these effects using thermochromic sheets and expose them to different temperature.

As my study is about the tangible aspect of the walk; emotions, I chose to use materials that are related in measuring emotion as my object.

And now I have a vision of what I’m going to do. But it’s blurry. I’ll tell that in my  next post.
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2 thoughts on “Week 2 : Narrative Development 1

  1. Thermochromic materials and their relationship to body temperature and in turn emotions is really interesting but I think you need to add space into the equation – how can a certain space alter your body temperature? Rather than replicating the mood ring’s ability to supposedly expose our inner feelings by reading our temperature, how can you create a device that reads the temperature of the room and tells you how to feel accordingly? A sort of emotion-metre for measuring our reaction to spaces? Imagine if you redid the walk with this device – would the emotions it recorded correlate to what you mapped in your drawing?
    This is an updated mood ring as wearable tech: http://www.dazeddigital.com/artsandculture/article/22694/1/the-humble-mood-ring-gets-a-wearable-tech-update but yours should be the architect’s equivalent.

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