Artist Vibrates 48 Water Pools Using Her Emotions

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 - 11:46AM
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Tuesday, 25 November 2014 - 11:46AM
Artist Vibrates 48 Water Pools Using Her Emotions

Futuristic artist Lisa Park created an installation in which she can control the vibrational movements of water pools using her emotions. The project is called Eunoia, a word which comes from the Greek word that roughly translates to "beautiful thinking."

 

Water Pools

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In order to create this effect, she placed the pools of water over speakers, which broadcast soundwaves from her EEG headset. The EEG picks up the brainwaves associated with different emotions, and these brainwaves are translated into soundwaves that create distinctive vibrations in the water when broadcast over the speakers. By using her brain patterns to manipulate the water, she is literally putting her inner emotional life on display.

 

 

Her description of the project reads: "I have always believed that human emotions come with corresponding waves of energy that we carry within. When I am happy or sad there is an indescribable energy that somehow resonates in others. They feel my vibe, as if my energy is echoing off them. That is why I started 'Eunoia' in an attempt to create an audio-visualization of my emotional states. These performances have been therapeutic for me, providing a means of emptying my mind of thoughts."

 

There are 48 pools of water, which represents Spinoza's definitions of 48 different emotions. "In his book Ethics, he describes emotions as states of mind and body related to feelings and says that all emotions are derived from three primary emotions: joy, pain, and desire," said Park.
 

Water Pools

[Credit: Lisa Park]

 

Not only do the sound waves reflect the particular type of emotion she's feeling, but they also reflect the intensity of the emotion, creating a real-time manifestation of her emotional state. "The intensity of my feelings at the time are mirrored in the intensity of the sound in terms of volume, pitch, feedback, speed, and the panning of the sound output. The result was that the water responded in real-time creating different formations of ripples and droplets in unpredictable patterns."

 

Water Pools

[Credit: Lisa Park]

 

This is the second iteration of the project, which is technically called Eunoia II. Eunoia I was similar, but it only used five water pools, which represented a more simplified representation of the brain waves, as all of her emotions were sorted into sadness, anger, desire, happiness, and hatred. In the picture below, it can be seen that the patterns formed from the vibrations in the water somewhat resembled Rorschach inkblots.

 

Water Pools

[Credit: Lisa Park]

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