Visualising Data: Lines of Communication

Lines of communication is an installation concept that explores the way we use language on text messages. It investigates if we can see underlying emotions and states of mind in our texts, through comparing our use of positive vs negative language between  different environments.

The aim of the installation is to show this intangible digital data in an engaging physical and immersive way, in order to encourage the audience to reflect on the way they use text to express their conscious or subconscious emotions.  

The two different environments are shown through the different materials. Each coloured line represents an emotive word, such as ‘love’, ‘hate’, ‘excited’, ‘sad’, with the form of the line physically representing this word. E.g. Hate is the red line, with a jagged form. The length of the line represents how many times this word was said.