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Sensum at the MAC for the 15 Second Film Festival

Sensum at the MAC for the 15 Second Film Festival

On the 23rd of October, Sensum staff visited the Metropolitan Art Centre in Belfast to test their emotions with the Sensum mobile emotional response platform to the 15 Second Film Festival showreel.

The 15 Second Film Festival, featuring ‘The Mini Mogul’ Cinema: A unique 2-Seater Art Deco Picture Palace, commissions, exhibits and distributes micro-short films, collating these in a series of six minute or so reels. It was something a little different for us to test ourselves to at Sensum.

As the visualisation of my results begin, the graph starts off low indicating I was engaged from the start of the show-reel. I think this was down to the novelty of sitting in a secluded photo-booth size cinema and not knowing what was to come next.

Sensum at the MAC for the 15 Second Film Festival

Though the graph continues to rise, suggesting that I’d lost engagement with the audio/visual stimulus I was enjoying the show reel and felt attentive to what was on-screen. This would then mean that having relaxed into the flow of the reel, with the comfortable chair and lack of distractions my autonomic nervous system (flight or fight response) had been overridden. You can still see small peaks and troughs on the graph as I respond to onscreen events, usually at the end of each fifteen second film which often involved some startling resolution.

Sensum at the MAC for the 15 Second Film Festival

As my level of relaxation is established, you can see that the graph has plateaued.

Sensum at the MAC for the 15 Second Film Festival

My level of relaxation then remains steady until the end.

Sensum at the MAC for the 15 Second Film Festival

Again, this level of relaxation doesn’t conform to my being un-engaged as I enjoyed the show-reel until the end and felt focused on the various story-lines of the films. Knowing how I felt at the time is important in getting a greater understanding of my emotional response in relation to the graph visualisation of my galvanic skin response (sweat levels) data.

The new Sensum Beta introduces a questionnaire with responses that are cross referenced with the graphic visualisation to have all that information in one place.

We’d like to thank Fran Cavanagh and Samantha Porciello at the MAC as well as Peter ‘Magic’ Johnson of the Fifteen Second Film Festival for their support in allowing us to test at the MAC with the Fifteen Second Film Festival show-reel.

Phil


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