Human Emotion? It's All Programmed

In this installation from the early 2000s, Finland-based multimedia artist Charles Sandison re-imagines seemingly complex feelings like rage, love, and despair by creating an artificial mind. The "mind" is pre-programmed with behavioral patterns, and projects its output in the form of glowing words on a wall.

But this isn't just art, it's psychotherapy. Sandison believes that viewers will stare at this installation and gradually come to understand their own emotional situation. Maybe despair is attacking life; or life is healing fear. Or maybe all you can see is corrupt. By analyzing the random projections of a machine, Sandison believes that humans will become detached from their inner turmoil.

Charles Sandison [artist's Web site]