I Want You To Want Me is a beautiful exploration of our modern society’s search for love.
The project, commissioned by the MoMA, explores our quest for love in the now mainstream world of online dating, which draws over 1.7 million web romantics every day.
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Watch the beautiful video overview of the project to get a better idea
The project, dissects the personal dating profiles, which themselves are meticulously curated presentations of how weâ€™d like the world to see us and what weâ€™re looking to find in it.
The interactive installation is displayed on a large interactive screen where hundreds of balloons float. Each balloon represents a single dating profile and is coded for gender and age by color (blue=male, pink=female) and brightness (bright=younger, dark=older).
Inside each balloon is one of 500 video silhouettes, showing a solitary person engaged in a particular activity listed in their dating profile â€” yoga, air guitar, jumping jacks, you name it. Viewers can move the balloons inside the sky at different speeds, activate thought bubbles for the people trapped inside them, and even pop them.
Personally I love statistical information displayed in this way, and especially information that says so much about us us humans, as individuals and as a society.
The way the information is presented is clever, insightful and comforting. Knowing that there are so many others out there looking for the same things as us is reassuring and in a world where nothing’s certain and we take most things for granted this is a very powerful feeling to be able to induce.
Well done to the project’s creator Jonathan Harris