Pulse (2012)
Markus Kison / Pulse

Markus Kison / Pulse

Co-produced by Meta.Morf / TEKS – Trondheim Electronic Arts Centre & V2_, Rotterdam, 2012

Rubber, acrylic glass, motors, arduino microcontrollers, laptop, processing applications, Internet connection, API.

Pulse is a live-visualization of recent emotional expressions, written on private weblog communities like Weblog entries are compared to a list of emotions, which refers to Robert Plutchik’s seminal book Psychoevolutionary Theory of Emotion published in 1980. Plutchik describes eight basic human emotions in his book: joy, trust, fear, surprise, sadness, disgust, anger, and anticipation. He developed a diagram in which these eight emotions, together with their weakened and amplified counterparts, form a three dimensional cone, consisting of 24 areas. The cone is the basic form of pulse, which can enlarge in the 24 directions of the different emotions. Each time an emotion tag, or a synonym of it, is found in a recent blog entry, the shape-shifting object transforms itself in such a way that the new volume represents a piece of the overall current emotional condition of surfers on the Internet.

Markus Kison / Pulse

Markus Kison / Pulse


Markus Kison is a digital artist based in Berlin. By misusing data material he is discussing social contexts. These emerge from the relationship between physical objects and their inherent digital information layers. At present Kison is researching on the role of the contemporary human being in a digital augmented world. He has exhibited in various museums worldwide, received international awards and given talks at art and design conferences.


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