The Prayer Companion

In a a fascinating meeting of new research methodologies and age-old beliefs, a team at Goldsmiths University Interaction Research Studio developed the Prayer Companion. It reminds us of the incredible data visualization project We Feel Fine by Jonathan Harris and Sep Kamvar that trawls social media sources for expressions of emotion containing the words “We feel…” or “I feel…..” In the Prayer Companion project though the data is selected on the basis of news worthiness (and/or prominence) and emotion. A reader (which ironically looks alien and catholic at the same time) displays the data in a convent in York where the resident nuns use it for inspiration for prayer topics. Read more here.