I want you to want me
April 22, 2008 9:07 AM   Subscribe

I want you to want me is the latest project from Jon Harris and Sep Kamvar. It's an interactive touch-screen installation at MoMA, part of the current exhibit called Design and the Elastic Mind. The installation culls dating profiles from the Internet and visualizes trends and statistics. Each person is represented as a floating balloon. If you're in NYC, check the exhibit out before it closes on May 12. Otherwise, here's a video.
posted by spigoat (9 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
So...what are the top first dates?

The net nerd in me would so love to take an interested girl to go see this exhibit as a first date.
posted by allkindsoftime at 9:19 AM on April 22, 2008

If you go on a weekend, you should fully expect there to be people so close behind you that you can feel them breathing on your neck and ear, desperate to touch the screen because they know they can do it better than you.

Seriously, this exhibit (wonderful as it is) is in too small a space. Either show up before it opens or go on a weekday. (The online exhibit is fantastic as well.)
posted by nosila at 9:30 AM on April 22, 2008


I think we already had our Two Minutes Hate for the MoMA website, so I'll leave it be for now.

I wasn't all that into IWYTWM (I like The Dumpster better), but it's possible that it was just Propagandhi's cover of that stupid Cheap Trick song running on infinite loop in my head.
posted by xthlc at 9:50 AM on April 22, 2008

Seconding the warning about the too small space. I was there on Saturday and missed a lot - including "I want you to want me".... most of the pieces are fiddly little inventions and they're piled up close in cases with tiny signs explaining what they are and there's just no way to really engage with everything when there are so many people pushing around.
I'll also second the idea that the museum would make a great first date right now - especially the part when you come off the escalator onto a landing bathed in special light that makes you see in black and white!
posted by moxiedoll at 9:54 AM on April 22, 2008

This is very compelling and beautifully executed. I almost wouldn't want to see it in person because the troglodytes behind me would undoubtedly ruin the experience for me, as nosila pointed out.
posted by Pastabagel at 10:31 AM on April 22, 2008

Are they going to release the software after the show is over? It looks like a neat toy.
posted by demiurge at 11:03 AM on April 22, 2008

I had heard that it was going to be too crowded but me and the girl went on Saturday and while it wasnt empty, it certainly wasnt too crowded for comfort. That might have something to do with it being the first nice Saturday this year.

Anyway, we loved this piece. The interface was really slick and the illustrations were cute. Very well put together
posted by Brainy at 1:43 PM on April 22, 2008

Dang -- I'll be in NY a week after it closes. :(
posted by washburn at 2:11 PM on April 22, 2008

Why do design oriented websites always have the most difficult to navigate interface?
posted by dobie at 4:46 PM on April 22, 2008

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