Emotional Hijacking is an interactive installation designed for a festival, based on the state when an individual’s cognitions are overpowered by their emotions. Allows the user to interact with cubes altering a projection of an array of emotions by using the open source computer vision framework Reactivision, The project was made thanks to being selected and exposed in Mostra Sonora 2019 – Convent de Sant Agustí.
The installation is composed of a projection of an array of 9 (3×3) videos in loop and a light box. These videos show a close-up of a girl with a style of the 90s interpreting a different emotion in each video. The light box is used as a table made of DM wood on the sides and transparent plastic on the top. Inside it has a camera and a chain of LEDs to illuminate the box. On top of the box, there are 9 small cubes of different colors that have a sticker below with the fiducial codes. The camera is connected to the computer where the processing and reacTIVision software is opened and through code the camera read the stickers and relate the cubs with the videos. If the cubes are changed by translation, the videos react and are moved from one place to another in the projection and music sounds depending on the emotion. If the cubes are rotated, different image effects can be applied by changing opacity values.
This installation expresses the concept of “emotional hijacking” where the emotions of the girl are altered by a third person through technology.