E-motion Cloud

Frankie Zhang

E-motion Cloud is a performative engagement with the emotional flux of social media that traverse across media and user. Situating the social media sentiment as a digital weather/atmosphere that affects users’ emotions as the users affect the emotional field simultaneously, and seeing such exchange of energy as intersubjective and trans-corporeal phenomena, the project not only explores how human emotions play into the flux of digital “weather” but also took particular interests in how the sentiments of social media bots, AI and algorithm partakes in such digital emotional energy field. Incorporating data collection algorithms, AI sentiment analysis, and real-time interactive design, this project also explores co-constitution across digital entities including data, AI, and users.

The project development of digital weather is inspired by Emily Dickinson’s telegraph-related poems such as “success in circuit lies”, which sees the electric media as both sets of literal and figurative circuits that connect other circuits of networks. This material-discursive environment transduces cultural discourse through machines supported by electricity. Traversing such a circuitous electronic media environment, the ElectroPoetics’ digital weather performs the blending of culture, nature, and technology worlds in process of digital intra-action, situating a reverberating field of emotive energy and electronic signals. Through such Dickinsonian poetic blending, the project is simultaneously a generative fabulation regarding the transference of emotional energy amongst machines/humans. A co-constituted re/imagination of the more-than-human electronic worlds, towards a sympathetic and symbiotic electronic field rather than dystopian media.