Anyone heard of projects that deal with love and commitment?

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Last week in London a student of Design Interactions asked me if i had heard of interesting new media art or design projects that embrace concepts of love and commitments. How humiliating! I was clueless. He obviously knows about wonderful projects such as Biopresence or Biojewellery. I could also list a series of works that deal with long-distance relationships. None of them ever convinced me (and in my quality of serial long-distance lover i can be regarded as an expert on that matter).

Here's what Tom Wynne-Morgan is working on:

Love and commitment are both effected by chemical and hormonal balances. As we gain further insight and understanding of how we work and function, not just on a social level but also on a parallel biological level will we also gain more control. Do we want to control, change...alter? What would we like to change and how might these changes affect out current societal norms? Does anyone know of any projects that deal with the love and/or commitment either on a social or a more technological level?

Please send any suggestion to me (reg at this domain), to Tom or as a comment to this post.

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Hi Regine,
I made these little GIFs on the issue:
http://wretzky.blogspot.com/2006/10/beam-me-down.html
Best regards
MW

This might be another example:

Release - messages from the deceased

A product that terminal patients can use to leave audio messages for their relatives, for after their death.

http://www.nextnature.net/research/?p=703


Some time ago I made a project titled "infocan," a concept project of a can that feeds information of the world around you via audio feedback in an enclosed can.

Essentially, there was a script that ran ever 5 seconds and checked various items: the current DOW average, the weather for your zipcode, the occurences of the words "weapons" and "peace" on cnn.com, but more relevant to this conversation: the occurences of "love" and "hate" on your lover's blog.

You can read some more information here:
http://home.actlab.utexas.edu/~charlesv/trans/infocan/

Along with an almost-live version of it (the script is no longer updating that web-enabled version) can be seen here, along with a key:
http://home.actlab.utexas.edu/~charlesv/trans/infocan/infocan.swf

The prototype pictured here is merely a mockup with a speaker embedded being fed from an external source, but shows the basica idea of a bluetooth enabled phone providing internet access and a one-stop repository for information, accessible all at once, rather than serially as in a news-feed:
http://home.actlab.utexas.edu/~charlesv/trans/infocan/infocanpicture.jpg

Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions!

Annie Sprinkle is doing very interesting work about love and committment.

http://loveartlab.ucsc.edu/

The loveartlab project is great. I like how brave and epic it attempts to be which is in contrast to many other projects out there. Im not saying its better or worse, just different.

What about Mateusz Herczka's pheromone bench, now on display at the exhibition Night Garden in Mediamatic in Amsterdam. He's working on a range of social or enhanced furnitures. It works miracles for the social ambiance in the space and indirectly asks relevant questions about the use of this psychochemical technology in a range of situations.

http://www.mediamatic.net/article-12876-en.html

and http://www.mediamatic.net/artefact-12501-nl.html

Hmm, interesting... something that comes to mind, a pair of wedding rings grown out of bone... http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4070522.stm

the jealousy kit from the RCA last year...
http://www.digitalexperience.dk/?p=67

In 2003 we did a project on designskolen kolding, institute for interactive media called cyborglovers, it was a future scenario conceptual installation.

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