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.

UPDATED 09.23.20, 14:17 PDT