This catalogue documents the making of Chameleon, an emotionally interactive video artwork that transforms the gallery into an emotional theatre in which visitors and video portraits interact. With the MIT Media Lab, we developed software to seek out visitors’ emotional expression and then trigger an ‘emotionally intelligent learning’ system to play back emoting video portraits in response. Each day the mood of the Chameleon portraits will adapt to the range of visitors’ emotional expressions, affecting the tone and emotional ecology of the gallery space. In the catalogue, the collaborating scientists and artists reflects about the making of the work as well as its impact on audiences, science and art.
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