Emotional Visual Atmospheres
We started in 2008 to connect data streams (could be sound, financial data, EEG) to competing environmental forces that affect a real-time 3D scenery in subtle and often surprising ways. Trends and eventual problems appear as anomalies in the weather conditions or the surface of the sea. We call this approach BASHIBA Panorama, a real-time data viz solution that is instinctively legible and transits emotional sensations together with vital information.
"A cloud masses, the sky darkens, leaves twist upward, and we know that it will rain. We also know that after the storm, the runoff will feed into groundwater miles away, and the sky will grow clear by tomorrow. All of these events are distant in time and space, and yet they are all connected within the same pattern. Each has an influence on the rest, and influence that is usually hidden from view. You can only understand the system of a rainstorm by contemplating the whole, not any individual part of the pattern.
Businesses and other human endeavors are also systems. They, too, are bound by invisible fabrics of interrelated actions, which often take years to fully play out their effects on each other. Since we are part of that lacework ourselves, it's doubly hard to see the whole pattern of change. Instead we tend to focus on snapshots of isolated parts of the system, and wonder why our deepest problems never seem to get solved."
(Peter Senge, The Fifth Discipline, 1990, p.10).
In business environments, we tend to double-check and re-read variables that in moments of crisis might be irrelevant. BASHIBA Panorama has been built as a natural visual complement so that you and your team can share a common picture of reality and openly discuss counter-measures. The result is a beautiful, developing scene in which observers (e.g. traders) can monitor several streams of background information using their peripheral vision.
03-05 February 2010: BASHIBA Panorama at the Swiss Financial Trade Fair, Zürich, Switzerland.
Two virtual climates, the JB Energy Transition Fund against the MSCI World Index evolving side by side (historical playback).
2015 : Real-Time Data Climate. 3D Data Metaphor of Stock-Market Data. Real-Time Software Environment: #vvvv.org
BASHIBA transforms real-time data streams into immersive environments, in the realms of business and culture. By visualizing complex data sets through metaphoric language, formerly indiscernible relations, developments, and risks become perceivable.
BASHIBA Panorama, presented here, shows the opening of the Standard & Poor market index of the US stock market during the Black Monday of the 24th of August 2015. The changes in the Standard & Poor Index, the volatility and anxiety of the market are expressed in ocean waves, cloud transformations, wind and sun strength, thus forming a single, moving image. We are not outside observers of this ocean landscape, but are catapulted over it in a flight pattern, whose height and speed equally represent market performance, and remind us in an emotional way what flying above stormy water could feel like. In this way we enable the viewer to have an emotional experience of market risk (systematic risk).
BASHIBA original vision was to offer companies the possibility to have virtual windows on a beautiful landscape that reacts in real-time to data changes:
- Perceive Trend Changes with your Peripheral Vision
- Reduce Cognitive Load
- Feel the Mood of Your Information Environment
- Increase Awareness and Responsiveness
- Avoid Paralysis by Analysis (information overload)
2017: BASHIBA Darkness, Real-Time Sound Reactive Piece. Real-Time Software Environment: #vvvv.org
2019: Avudo, Montréal, Canada. Real-Time Software Environment: #vvvv.org
2011: Meta Meeting, 20 April 2011
2010: Meeting with Peter Greenaway, 06 July 2010