Periodic Table of Emotions

Aidan Moesby

‘Sagacity’ is an interactive installation based around the Periodic Table which aims to reflect the emotional state of

its’ location. The audience are invited to tweet how they are feeling, or how they are responding to their event or

environment using a specific hashtag. When one of the emotional words from the Periodic Table of Emotions is

detected it begins to become illuminated. As the emotion is tweeted the colour/ intensity of illumination

increases. Over time the intensity fades unless it is tweeted again.

The emotions are grouped according to type and coloured accordingly. They are also given an emotional weight.

For instance Happy is lighter than Ecstatic, Fondness is lighter than Passion. Similarly feeling Sad is not as heavy as

feeling Desolate. Low emotions are coloured blue, happy and love, red. Anger is purple and so on.

The Periodic Table of emotions exists as a print as well as an interactive installation. The installation runs from a

programme and is web based. It can be activated via a Twitter Hashtag and/or a geographic location of tweeters.

Sagacity acts as a barometer of the emotional state of its location. As it reflects it aims to catalyse conversations,

about why we are feeling the way we do about where we are. However, it is up to those who occupy that location

to respond and initiate change.

This has appeared at Lumiere Durham (Artichoke Trust) 2017 , Great Exhibition of the North 2018.