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What is EmoChART?

Updated: Jul 28, 2022

EmoChART is an Interactive project built on collective feelings.

A visual art/social practice project, EmoChART was developed in response to the COVID pandemic, climate peril, and injustice; the project aims to help folks connect, articulate, and visualize feeling by creating a space for reflection and expression of our shared felt experiences. Partially funded by the City of Berkeley, the pilot project uses an online “feelings chart” to help us visualize our complex emotional landscape. As the project evolves participants will have the ability to see, in real time, how their own felt experiences connect and contribute to an overall digital depiction or “snap shot” of our collective feeling. These collaborative works will expand into visual artwork occupying physical space.

EmoChART provides connection and expansion contributing to collective healing.

#EmoChART is currently seeking collaborative partners.


2017 Participants filling out "Feelings Charts" at The Crucible, Oakland, CA

October 2021, First on-line feelings chart using Google Forms. This prototype "EmoChART.1.3" used Google Forms to create an on-line a shorter version of the in-person charts from 2017 but was still arranged in alphabetical order.

First manual translation of data into video animation.

The second Google Form, EmoChART 3.1 tried to address a more "balanced" spread of emotions. (Very) loosely based on Plutchik's and other folks' wheels of emotions, approximately four feelings from six major groups were included. Each feeling "group" was assigned a different color family: Sad (black/grey/browns), Disgusted (greens), Angry (reds), Fearful (oranges), Bad (pale colors), Peaceful (Blues).

Brush shape used to chart one person's reported feelings.

Full density used for feelings that were felt in the past 24 hrs, and more transparent, fainter colors, for feelings experienced less often or not within the past 24 hrs.

Recent feelings, can obscure older feelings--and older or habitual feelings color current emo states.

Second development video using data from 7 people in October 2020

Trees Development Video

Uses same colors (and color families) as before and arranges the feelings into eight basic branches. More recent feelings in bigger sized leaves (60% brush) and older feelings with smaller leaves (30% brush)


Sound: Richard Jennings

Composer of over 20 productions of original musicals,

over 50 scores for plays (including 30 Shakespeare), with credits from

Tony Award winning theatres, film, network TV & Disney

Spanish Translation: Yadira Cazares

Gallery Owner, Curator, Consultant, Workshop Developer, Community Advocate

Project Consultant: Diane Kaplan PhD

Dr. Kaplan has has been working in the field of community mental health since 1984. She has a MS Counseling Psychology, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology. Kaplan serves as the director of the Wright Institute Clinic, Berkeley, CA.

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Peter Allen
Peter Allen
Nov 04, 2021

Hi! That was fun!

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