Human emotions are perhaps one of the most intricate and complex phenomenons in the living world, and many would agree that these emotions can only be triggered by objects, which bring back memories. Having said that, Most people will also agree that objects can reflect or contain emotions. All of us will have objects lying around that have little actual value, but are actually personal treasures that remind us of important events and loves ones. But can objects themselves be embodiments of those emotions?
Project Love :
Project Love seeks to actively give shape to emotions by capturing emotions in computer-generated models and printing these shapes with 3D printing technology.
The face behind this project is that of 34-year old Brazilian designer and architect Guto Requena. Having won various design awards in his native country, this 34-year old is often referred to as one of Brazil’s most promising modern architects. Various modern buildings throughout Brazil are of his design, including the Brazilian headquarters of Google and Walmart.
With this design project, Guto Requena seeks to do something entirely different by attempting to combine emotions and technology. Participants in this project are hooked onto computers using various sensors that measure the speed of their heartbeats and fluctuations in their voices and brain activity. This way, physical and emotional responses are measured while the subjects recount their love stories and feelings. While doing this, participants are isolated from others, to remove any inhibitions one might feel when sharing your emotions in front of others.
As the team behind ‘Project Love’ explain, this recently-launched project is a ‘study in design, science and technology that captures the emotions people feel in relating personal love stories and transforms them into everyday objects. The project suggests a future in which unique products will bear personal histories in ways that encourage long life cycles, thus inherently combining deeply meaningful works with sustainable design.’
While participants are telling these stories, data and patterns are drawn from their changing emotions which is transferred to specially-developed software. This software has been designed by the Brazilian D3 studio, who have created a graphic interface in Grasshopper that transforms all this data into unique grid patterns. And when projected on top of each other, these graphic displays of emotional activity take shape as vase-like structures.
These structures can then be printed with 3D printing technology into a variety of different materials, including ABS, Polyamide, Glass, glass, ceramic or metal. And, as Guto Requena explains, ‘Each product is unique and contains the most intimate emotions of the participants love stories’, though all the current software will project all emotions into vase-like structures. Indeed, the first version of this experiment created three different objects: a vase, a lamp and a fruit bowl.
A large portion of ‘Project Love’ is thus also aimed at democratizing 3D printing technology and increasing its availability and potential. And that is no less exciting than transforming emotions into objects.