The Compassion Machine

Montreal, Canada

A surveillance camera that detects empathy

To prevent unwanted behaviours, we are constantly monitored and observed. But what if those algorithms measured our propensity for kindness? This is the question raised by Ensemble Ensemble.

By letting themselves be scanned by the massive camera, spectators receive a personalized prediction of their future altruistic actions. If they wish, they can also influence the settings of the machine which measures the goodwill index of the public square around it in real time. An invitation to reject everyday suspicion.

The compassion machine consists in a monitoring system that has been diverted. The device presents a gigantic pyramid with two oversized cameras and lightning dials with generative music.

National Film Board of Canada, Quartier des Spectacles Partnership
Ensemble Ensemble
DJ Mini, Tag Team, Vincent Paquette
Tour Producer

Alexandre Lemieux
1 844 992-7367 ext. 101

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