EMPATHIC TOPOGRAPHIES / 2017
Empathic Topographies is an interactive installation that uses facial recognition and blob detection algorithms to measure and respond to interpersonal dynamics. Different solo and group interactions trigger different visual phases – color and brightness values shift as additional faces are detected, and the distance between them changes.
Subtitles guide participants by providing suggestions for a more complete experience with the installation. The custom software calculates a flattened, two-dimensional distance between detected faces, as well as a topographical pulse of the installation space.
This project was made in collaboration with Lilyan Kris, Rosalind Chang, and Alison Jeng.