Artist Julius von Bismarck
has installed a massive, dynamic emoticon on top of a lighthouse as part of the Provinz exhibition
currently on view in Linz, Austria. As part of his work 'Feel-o-Meter,' a clutch of cameras records the facial expressions of passersby
, and, with the aid of computer software, determines whether or not most of them are smiling. That collective emotion is then translated to a large screen, which projects the real-time sentiments of the town via a series of smiley faces. Adorable! Well, only if everyone's happy.
In 2008, von Bismarck exhibited the project in Berlin, although it was then titled the 'Stimmungsgasometer.' You can check out a video of his process, and the Berlin exhibition here
. [From: PSFK