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Moodbank Aotea creates an interactive map of the city’s mood

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Feeling so happy you could burst? Take some of that energy and join the queue to make a deposit at Moodbank Aotea, a unique digital art project that brings a whole new meaning to the term ‘saving up for a rainy day’.

Visitors to Aotea Centre in the heart of Auckland’s CBD will be able to make their deposits at a special ATM located at the Box Café, located on the terrace overlooking Aotea Square, selecting from an index of more than 1000 moods. Their feelings will then pop-up live on a large digital screen installation located at Level 2 of Aotea Centre - creating an interactive map of the city’s mood.

Auckland Live director Robbie Macrae says that Moodbank Aotea is a creative way for people to anonymously share their feelings.

"This is a fun, interesting, interactive art project that all Aucklanders and visitors can participate in that also helps shape our understanding of the mood of our city. You can even take snapshots and do a week-by-week chart tracking people’s feelings.

"A lot of times, especially during the day, customers stopping by the Box Café are in a rush. This is a way for them to break out of their routine for a few minutes while waiting for that coffee, drink or snack and tap into their creative energy."

Moodbank Aotea is the work of Wellington-based artist, designer and educator Vanessa Crowe. The project aims to mimic and subvert the visual language of a bank, drawing attention to how our feelings become commercially viable and proposing a communal experience rather than an economic form of exchange.

The project is supported by Auckland Live in partnership with AUT colab as part of Digital Art Live, a collaborative research project and interactive art programme.

The Moodbank ATM and Digital Art Live exhibition will be at Aotea Centre from 27 May - 29 July, open late and during weekends if there is a show on in Aotea Centre.

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