The idea of this project was to create an electro-emotional Art installation outside the main entrance of the Museo Nacional de Antropología (National Museum of Anthropology) using current mobile technologies. In this case, we are referring to SMS; 100% of all mobile phones have SMS capabilities. As well, a 45-meter cylindrical metal structure was constructed and small resin-based Tlaloc figurines were attached to it. Tlaloc is the god of rain in the prehispanic cultures and is also the most representative sculpture of the Museum. Within each one of this figurines a multicolor LED was installed.
People were encouraged to send a text message to a designated number with one of six emotions in the message (Love, Happy, Life, Hate, Mad, Death). As messages were received, a program grouped the words and started lighting up the structure according to the emotions received. Each emotion was represented by a color (Love/Red, Happy/Green, Life/Orange, Hate/Yellow, Mad/Blue, Death/Purple). By transforming the messages people sent into color representations on the structure, the installation would be a physical interpretation of collective human emotions through light.
As can be seen in the below images, the structure would light up with infinite combinations of colors, hence a living map of emotions. On certain days, some colors were more prominent than others and could be linked to events taking place in the country or city.