When consuming media content, viewers show different emotional states and opinions. Socal televion
systems such as Xerox PARC’s SocialTV
and Connec TV
have been created to share and support these reactions, providing viewers with tools to exchange their thoughts about the content they are viewing using text, audio and avatars.
However, the interaction that has been offered is somewhat limited to users relying on a set of common expressions which can also hinder users’ viewing experience. Therefore alternative communication through visible emotional traits is an interesting trajectory to explore. The act of crying, for one, involves the embodiment of emotion that is physically externalized through tears, and is a distinctive behavior that can create connections even among strangers with its many indirect implications. What would be the psychological outcome when self-created representation of feelings such as tears or facial expression is transferred over media?
The 'crying TV' is the second part of the 'Project good cry' series, which explores the relationship between crying and media with an aim to create peculiar settings for crying and sharing that moment. TV is used as the medium since it is still the major provider for media content even though there is competition with Internet.
A TV optimized for crying
-Select content for crying organized by different crying criteria
-Browse crying data generated by user participation
-Explore ‘Jump to Catalyst’ feature to have a more condensed crying experience
-Watch facial expression of others crying at the same content
-Save what you cry about & your own crying scenes
Share your crying with others & join the crying community
The TV on a TV displays other people crying at the same content. It could be a live footage of someone or a previously generated footage captured in the past, because nowadays asynchronous viewing is common, no longer bringing people at the same time. The small TV box will only display the eye area of a stranger to sustain anonymity. You can set the TV to record and save your own crying scenes as well. A cry track will be played as a background sound when it is a cry provoking moment.
The key of the project is not about who the other person is but sharing of the reaction. It goes one step further from the first project ‘I cried button,’ in which it explored the presence of others through numbers, and instead asks viewers to share part of their facial expressions for ones who are experiencing the same feeling. What would it feel like when someone else in a different part of the world is viewing similar work, and they’re brought to tears by something that they are witnessing as simultaneously as you are?