Smiles less noise

Apr 1–30, 2008, Shibuya

This is a visual I made as a part of the Taico Club Art Project. This visual was supposed to be run once an hour at the biggest intersection in Japan where eight hundred thousand people cross everyday. In actual fact it was only played once due to the police having unfortunately received a report about the noise. The visual I named ‘ Smiles less noise’ is the combination of sound, visuals, and a software that reduces noise from sound and videos as it senses smile. This system senses smiles by gaining values from muscles on the face, but as it turned out that sensors can’t really detect if someone is smiling. The concept behind this work is that smiles make the world a better place.

Concept, visual, sound and programming: Daito Manabe
Sensor development: Masaki Teruoka