Artist turns Beijing’s Water Cube into a massive emoji-based mood ring


What if you could see how people felt by looking at a former Olympics venue? In June, artist Jennifer Wen Ma and lighting designer Zheng Jianwei turned the “Water Cube,” used for swimming events in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, into an art project based on Sina Weibo and the I Ching. Nature and Man in Rhapsody of Light at the Water Cube, as the show is called, uses the cube’s lighting to simulate an extremely low-resolution screen, much as we’ve seen in other projects. From there, a team of specialists figured out a system that would illustrate each day through a combination of divination and data mining.

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