Jonathan Harris - computers and art

This post is a bit different, so please keep reading...

Jonathan Harris, is an artist who uses new technology and computers to tell stories. In his own words, "Combining elements of computer science, anthropology, visual art and storytelling, Jonathan Harris (b. 1979) designs systems to explore and explain the human world."

I first met Jonathan last year in one of the New York tech meetups where he was presenting his Universe project. There was something magical about that experience, so I went on to check the rest of this work which was truly and inspiration.

My personal favorite is "we feel fine", a website that searches the world's newly posted blog entries every few minutes, for occurrences of the phrases "I feel" and "I am feeling". When it finds such a phrase, it records the full sentence, up to the period, and identifies the "feeling" expressed in that sentence (e.g. sad, happy, depressed, etc.), while also storing any images that appear on that post. (example below)

Then he uses cool visualizations to present this information, but you'd better check the website because words can not easily describe it.

So the news is that, I just got an email from him last night announcing his latest work. The project was commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art in NY (MoMA) and it's called "I want you to want me".

I will NOT try to explain what this is about, after all its art, but I suggest you check the video that follows.