The collaboration between Yael Kanarek and bnode
(Judith Gieseler and Innes Yates) elaborates on the World
of Awe Traveler's Tale to investigate the diffusion of techno-scientific
knowledge into popular culture through a fictional supertoythe
The mRB is developed as the prototype of the moodRingBaby described
in the Traveler's Journal. According to the journal, the moodRingBabya
mass-produced object purchased at Duane-Reade for $1.99, was used
by the traveler to soothe the effects of loneliness. Resembling
an advanced Tamagotchi, the device was capable of holding conversations
and telling stories.
Taking a hypothetical, reverse-engineering approach, Kanarek
and bnode began speculating on the origins of the fictional moodRingBaby.
This process has resulted in the mRB. The project utilizes a 3D
web interface which allows the user to browse various fragments
of the mRB that provide clues as to its origin, recorded experiences,
installation photos from the Beta Launch exhibtion at Eyebeam
in New York City.