The APP museuMEmotions allows the visitors to express their emotions he/she feels when they contemplate an artwork, or experience a museum installation, putting the visitors experience in focus of the interaction (ME and my emotions). Recent research has shown that artwork triggers multiple emotions, many times contradictive feelings, this APP allows the visitor to pick several emotional representations – no emotion should be exclusive – nor should the APP suggest a right or wrong response to a particular piece of art/installation. The APP displays a list of images of the pieces of the museum/sections of the installations, and below the image, several emotional icons may be selected (a set of emojis), see layout of the APP in the attached file. In todays world most visitors are acquainted with emojis (emoticons) as an expression of their feelings, they are used on a daily basis on whatsapp, messenger etc. In the suggested APP the user may choose several emotional icon/s that best suits their state of mind when contemplating an artwork. The emojis should represent the most common feelings that the artwork evokes. I will merely make a suggestion of icons that could be displayed; beauty, harmony, happiness, amusing, interesting, surprise, confusion, unpleasantness, sadness, anxiety, anger and indifference. On the wall, close to the artwork, statistics of the total amount of emotional icons, as well as the last comments made, may be projected (could be a projection on the wall or displayed on a tablet device). This will give the visitor a sense of direct connection to the piece and the museum installations, the information being updated (live) while the visitor interacts with the APP. Also, in the APP an information button may show for the more interested visitor more information about the artwork, as well as the summary statistics of the interaction with the visitors. The information gathered by the museuMEmotions APP could be very useful for the museum organisation, giving valuable data on how the visitors reacts to their artwork. In the museums where the artwork/installations allows for the visitors to take pictures, an interaction with social networks could be encouraged. The visitor could be allowed to upload his/her own photo/s to the APP, facilitating shares to social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.
Lisa Fernández Karlsson