October 24, 2008

Creative Genius - We Feel Fine

Following on from the general sense of wonderment shown when I presented Wefeelfine.org at BarcampHK (see my slides here), I managed to find a video presentation given by the genius behind the idea, Jonathan Harris.

His bio is full of amazing ways to measure the pulse of human activity via the internet.

Jonathan Harris is an artist and storyteller working primarily on the Internet. One part computer science, one part anthropology, and one part visual art, his work seeks to explore and understand the human world through the artifacts people leave behind on the Web.

He has made projects about human emotion (wefeelfine.org), human desire (love-lines.org), modern mythology (universe.daylife.com), science (phylotaxis.com), news (tenbyten.org), and language (wordcount.org), and created the world's largest time capsule (timecapsule.yahoo.com).

He studied computer science at Princeton University, and was awarded a 2004 Fabrica fellowship (fabrica.it). The winner of two 2005 Webby Awards, Harris' work has also been recognized by AIGA, Ars Electronica, ID Magazine, and the State of Vermont. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, and his website is number27.org.

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