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“Keywords”: Jonathan Harris and Sep Kamvar


by Alan Melson 2 Jun 2008

Click on the photo above. Caution to parents: This ever-expanding work of art uses a computer program to draw thousands of words and images a day from blogs around the world. It is possible to encounter images unsuitable for children. We Feel Fine, the collaborative work of Jonathan Harris and Sep Kamvar, is a carefully […]

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Click on the photo above. Caution to parents: This ever-expanding work of art uses a computer program to draw thousands of words and images a day from blogs around the world. It is possible to encounter images unsuitable for children.

We Feel Fine, the collaborative work of Jonathan Harris and Sep Kamvar, is a carefully constructed framework designed to search out and visualize an ever-changing set of information. Searching blog postings, We Feel Fine, builds an ever-growing database of feelings. Triggered by the keywords “I feel” and “I am feeling”, We Feel Fine adds approximately 15,000 to 20,000 feelings to its database each day. The end result offers an engaging entry into the overwhelming amount of personal information shared on blogs. Harris and Kamvar see their work making “the world seem a little smaller, and we hope it helps people see beauty in the everyday ups and downs of life”. This shrinking of the world is only possible because of the filtering system created by Harris and Kamvar.

About the artists

Jonathan Harris studied computer science at Princeton University, and was awarded a 2004 Fabrica fellowship. The winner of two 2005 Webby Awards, Harris’ work has also been recognized by AIGA, Ars Electronica, ID Magazine, and the State of Vermont, has been featured by CNN, BBC, Reuters, NPR, USA Today, Metropolis and Wired, and has been exhibited at Le Centre Pompidou (Paris), and The Museum of Modern Art (New York). Originally from Shelburne Vermont, he currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Sep Kamvar is a Consulting Professor of Computational Mathematics at Stanford University and the chairman of Wildflower Capital. From 2003-2007, he was the engineering lead of personalization at Google. He founded Kaltix, a search engine that was acquired by Google in 2003, and Distilled, a clothing line and artist collective based out of San Francisco.

Paho Mann, Asst. Professor of Photography, University of North Texas

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