BEYOND THE GRID

Design Academy Eindhoven, 2019

This thesis calls upon the urge to resist the simplification of emotions and synchronization of mass affect.

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We are living in a time in which the human brain is constantly assaulted by input from digital media, surrounded by endless emotional triggers and no kill switch. This flood of stimulation is so constant that our emotions are washed away before there is even a chance to identify or process them. As a result, there is an increasing danger of being restricted within the boundaries of which emotions are approved by society or validated by technology.

After a deconstructive analysis of existing emotion-tracking software and online behavior, the gap between what an emotion actually is versus what is being measured is accentuated. Nonetheless, this constant digital exposure can become an opportunity to expand one’s emotional state by deploying emotion-tracking as a catalyst for improving emotional wellbeing. The thesis aims to pursue an exploration of hybrid-emotions, merging both positive and negative associations, serving as an invitation to acknowledge the (inter)relationship between all emotions, and encourage appreciation of their beautiful complexity.