The Project


The Concept

The Stream is the visual representation of the emotional flow of a community interconnected in real time, an interactive and multimedia artwork, where the contribution of each connected “user” is conveyed in a single digital image in real time, the sharing of a virtual space in which each one becomes part of the artwork itself, a timeless and neverending “flow”. The “stream”, composed by all contributions emotionally connotated, is represented by using algorithms and mathematics of fractals in order to generate images that will change according to the flow itself. The artwork intends to explore the concepts of emotion and identity in a fluid and rapidly changing reality, an interconnected world in which the use of technology creates a kind of new digital identity, a different way of socializing and representing oneself towards others. Identity understood as memory of the emotional experiences that reveal who we are, our emotions in our memories. Choosing a meaningful image and a color expressing our emotion makes the interaction with the artwork a process of meditation on our own emotional condition.


PLUTCHIK and the Psycho-evolutionary theory of emotions (1958)

The basic assumptions of the Plutchik model, is well exposed in the “Psychology and Emotion Biology” (1995).

Plutchik defines a set of 8 primary emotions: “Joy,” “Trust,” “Fear,” “Estonishment” “Sadness,” “Disgust,” “Anger,” “Curiosity”

The set of 8 basic emotions is extented till 24 emotions dipending on the intensity of any single emotion.

Visual representation of 24 emotions model

Read more: Robert Plutchik

KANDINSKY and the colors and emotion – The spiritual in the art (1910)

According to Kandinsky, a color can be hot or cold, light or dark and has 4 main sounds: warm-light, warm-dark, cold-light, cold-dark. You can also add multiple other shades or “movements” as a color can be centrifuged and then get out of the canvas, as well as centripetal, thus inducing emotions of introspection. And then still motionless so suggesting a sense of stability, against the instability of other colors. Hence our associations of color and emotion, brought to the model of Plutchick, are born.

Reference table of colore-emotion association:

Read more: Wassily Kandisky

MANDELBROT and the theory of fractals

“It is believed that somehow fractals have correspondence with the structure of the human mind, that is why people find them so familiar. This familiarity is still a mystery and the more deepen the subject, the more the mystery grows”

Benoit Mandelbrot

The fractal tree

The father of the fractal theory is considered Benoit Mandelbrot, who first formalized the properties of these figures, before him considered exceptional objects, “mathematical monsters”; several classic fractals have been in fact described by famous mathematicians of the past, such as Cantor, Peano, Hilbert, von Koch, Sierpinski, but only thanks to The fractal geometry of nature they found a place in an unified theory.

Read more: Benoit Mandelbrot