Rode Oortjes Meter

Social Excitement Behavior Communication Tool (SEBCT)

Highly essential communication tool for spaces with complicated social order. Like an opening of an exhibition or a party. It gives the amount of excitement through the change of color. The scale goes from blue (low excitement) to red (high excitement).

Sketch of people wearing the Rode Oortjes Meters being more or less excited, 2015


As a visitor you can wear a Rode Oortjes Meter. An ear-clip on the ear and a little box hanging on your neck. You are wearing something that gives more information then you are aware of. You don't see the light changing, but the spectator/ researcher can. They can interpret the colour-change of the Rode Oortjes Meter, a change in excitement of this person, the (unconscious) thoughts of that person and all the other variables in the environment.

Selfies wearing the Rode Oortjes Meter being less or more excited, 2015

Black 3D-printed box(45x30x25(mm)) + Red Plexiglas cap done by laser + 4 thin braided electrical wires + Black earpiece consisting of two glued together 3d printed shapes with RGB-led and (orange) thermistor (For more details about the realisation of the project, check IMAL where I could be in residence for making 30 Rode Oortjes Meter, special thanks to Julien Maire, Francois and Yves)

With not much sleep - making prototypes till it works properly, programming, ordering hardware, soldering, gluing, further programming, ... - fortunately they still got ready for the opening of the group-exhibition VIRUS at Netwerk, Aalst, 2014, where I presented the idea, a sketch, 4 months before.

Little boxes, little boxes as packaging for the Rode Oortjes Meter, screen printed at Nest Brussels, 2014

Installation/ performance suggestion/ happening, ‘Het Testen van the Nieuwe Warmte’, Multiple Happening, LIIIm3, Antwerp, 2015
Red Ears Measurer Lecture/Performance met Stefan Wouters, Joris D’hooghe, en Hans De Wolf about Neo-DADA, Venice Biennale, Italy, 2015

Reading performance about Red Ears Measurer project while everyone in the audience was wearing one,  DorkbotBRU#12, Imal, Brussels, 2015