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Jonathan Harris (born 1979) is an internet artist and designer living in Brooklyn, New York. He has won three Webby Awards and was honoured as “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum. His work has received coverage by CNN and BBC and has been exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. In his own words, his work aims to “explore and explain the human world”. He studied computer science at Princeton University. Some of his noted works are the Yahoo Time Capsule which attempted to create a digital finger print of the world in 2006, I Want You To Want Me, the Sputnik Observatory, Universe, and the Whale Hunt.

Jonathan Harris(1979年〜)はBrooklynとNew Yorkを拠点にするインターネットアーティスト、デザイナー。「Webby Awards」を3つ受賞しており、World Economic Forumでは”Young Global Leader”と賞賛されている。彼の一連の作品はCNN、BBC で特集されており、ニューヨーク近代美術館、パリのポンピドゥー・センターにも展示された。彼によると、「人間世界の探求と説明」を求めて制作を続けている。プリンストン大学でコンピューターサイエンスを学んだ後、特筆すべき作品としては2006年に世界のデジタル指紋を作り上げる試みである「Yahoo Time Capsule」をはじめ、「 I Want You To Want Me」「Sputnik Observatory」「Universe」「Whale Hunt」などがある。

・Jonathan Harris(Wikipedia)

Webby Awards:国際デジタル芸術科学アカデミー(IADAS)によりウェブサイトに贈られる賞

Centre Georges Pompidou: パリの総合文化施設で、正式名称はジョルジュ・ポンピドゥ国立美術文化センター。現代美術や現代音楽、ダンス、映画などの拠点となっている


We Feel Fine (2006)

インターネット上のブログ記事を解析して「I Feel」という単語を抽出していく試み、写真やテキストはもちろん天候や年齢・性別まで予測していろんな角度からネット上の「声」を見ることができます。


We Feel Fine is an exploration of human emotion.

It continually harvests sentences containing the phrase “I feel” or “I am feeling” from the Internet’s newly posted blog entries, saves them in a database, and displays them in an interactive Java applet, which runs in a web browser. Each dot represents a single person’s feeling. The color of each dot corresponds to the type of feeling it represents (bright dots are happy, dark dots are sad), and the diameter of each dot indicates the length of the sentence inside. Demographic information (age, gender, location, and weather) is also collected and displayed. Photo montages with text / image overlays are automatically constructed from photographs and feeling sentences that occur in the same blog entry. We Feel Fine collects around 15,000 new feelings per day, and has saved over 13 million feelings since 2005, forming a constantly evolving portrait of human emotion.

We Feel Fine is a collaboration with Sep Kamvar. A book based on the project, We Feel Fine: An Almanac of Human Emotion, is being published by Simon & Schuster, and will be in bookstores December 1, 2009.



Whale Hunt (2007)

「 Whale Hunt」は一種のドキュメンタリーだ。アラスカのイヌイットに同行してクジラの解体現場に赴いたときの一連の写真を、そのときの心拍数とともに並べてある。一緒にいたメンバーの視点からも、物語を追体験することができるようになってる。

The Whale Hunt is a storytelling experiment.

In May 2007, I spent nine days living with a family of Inupiat Eskimos in Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost settlement in the United States. I documented their traditional whale hunt with a plodding sequence of 3,214 photographs, taken at five-minute intervals for seven days, and at even higher frequencies in moments of high adrenaline. This established a constant “photographic heartbeat” that more or less matched the changing pace of my own heartbeat, and which recorded every moment of the hunt. I then developed a framework for experiencing this story, allowing the viewer to rearrange the photographic elements of the story to extract multiple sub-stories focused around different people, places, topics, and other variables.



I Want You To Want Me (2008)


I Want You To Want Me is an interactive installation about online dating, commissioned by and installed at New York’s MoMA on Valentine’s Day 2008, as part of their Design and the Elastic Mind show.

Displayed on a 56” touch screen monitor, the piece portrays an interactive sky filled with hundreds of pink (female) and blue (male) balloons, each representing a real person’s online dating profile collected from any one of several dozen Internet dating websites. Viewers can touch individual balloons to reveal personal information about the dater inside, and can rearrange the balloons in various ways to highlight different aspects of the world of online dating, including the top turn-ons, the most popular first dates, and the top desires.

I Want You To Want Me is a collaboration with Sep Kamvar.



Today (2010)


When I turned 30, I started a simple ritual of taking one photo a day and posting it online, along with a short story, before going to sleep. I continued this for 440 days, producing a portrait of my life at 30.There’s a short film (8 min) about this project, made by Scott Thrift.


Balloons of Bhutan (2011)


Balloons of Bhutan is a portrait of happiness in the last Himalayan kingdom.

Bhutan uses “Gross National Happiness” instead of “Gross National Product” to measure its socio-economic prosperity, essentially organizing its national agenda around the basic tenets of Buddhism.

In late 2007, I spent two weeks in Bhutan, interviewing 117 different people about different aspects of happiness. I asked people to rate their level of happiness between 1 and 10, and then inflated that number of balloons, so very happy people would be given 10 balloons, and very sad people would be given only one. I also asked each person to make a wish, and then wrote that wish on a balloon of their favorite color.

On the final night, all 117 wish balloons were re-inflated and strung up at Dochula, a sacred mountain pass at 10,000 feet, and left to bob up and down in the wind, mingling with thousands of strands of prayer flags.






A simple tool for telling stories and a public library of human experience, showing the human moments behind the world’s overarching sagas.


Sputnik Observatory

An ecosystem of video interviews with hundreds of leading thinkers in the arts, sciences and technology, covering a wide range of topics.


Polaroid Project

A shattered photographic mosaic composed of 150 individual Polaroid exposures, created in two hours at a live art event in Brooklyn, NY.



Proposes new constellations for today’s night sky—modern mythology based on the media coverage of 20,000 international news sources.


Time Capsule

A digital fingerprint of the human world in 2006—commissoned by Yahoo! and released in ten languages.



An interactive exploration of human desire, using the words and pictures of strangers, harvested through large-scale blog analysis.



TED Talk







・The Work of Jonathan Harris



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