Olafur Eliasson and Diagrams

Olafur Eliasson’s artwork is striking for how it frames the entire perceptual field as a canvas upon which the artist can act. I’m glad to see him offer up this map showing how he thinks emotions operate within us, and within a larger social context.

Olafur Eliasson

Considering he is an artist I’d be curious to know how he relates shapes and colors to the ideas and specifically to the text. His depiction follows the Euler-diagram model, which is used in color-theory, which Eliasson draws heavily on for his art. Some of his works seem to place the viewer within a Euler-diagram.

Olafur Eliasson

Now compare his diagram with the Decision Tree I posted last week showing how I’m going to model feelings in my robot. On one hand it is more precise (not necessarily accurate), and on the other simplistic and clunky in its depiction of the relations between emotional components. But because of its narrow scope, it is practical to reproduce, a prerequisite for the exacting technology I use. There are inspiring ideas in Eliasson’s map, but also missing details. That I suppose is the benefit of visual arts. It’s my job to figure out how something like that could actually be reproduced.


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