‹Emotional Sensing› is an installation that speaks about ‹emptiness›, ‹neutral architecture› and ‹transparency› as a fascilitator for surveillance in publice spaces or spaces of high control like airports. For this project, I analysed companies based in Switzerland, which produce ‹recognition› technologies, which try to enter and make visible even last inner spheres of human existence – ‹emotions› – and trying to sell these data.
Found images and videos and slogans taken from websites of these companies reveil the ‹paradox› strategies of representation of this world of ‹fake› security. The work is talking about tendency of today’s transparency society to neutralise and normalise the human, to flatten identity and culture to a near non-human existense, which makes personas easy to control, and easy to bring into flows of transition and turn them into commodity.
Drawing on Edouard Glissant‘s notion of opacity, I am continually looking for positions that affirm the right to a opacity, within a system of relations. A assertion of independence or particularity thatdoes not close in on itself or deny the ‹other›,
but rather is comfortable to have shared silences, inner unexplored spheres, not reveiled by transparency society, in which we live in.
In that sense, ‹Emotional Sensing› is a statement to protect the right to opacity of human existence and the formation of identity.