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Into the Emotion Wonderland

Mange Zou, Bingkun Liu, Miaoyan Ge
United States

The pandemic brought about by the COVID-19 is now in its third year, and in different parts of the world, each country is fighting in its own way to combat this historic epidemic with major implications. The social impact of the pandemic is not only a huge challenge to the global economy, but also has a different level of psychological impact on each and every one of the people. The psychological problems of isolation affect all who experience it, and the psychological problems that arise in a small space can be masked, but are difficult to eliminate completely. We hope to create an emotionally healing space that brings a wonderful experience to de-escalate negative emotions in Shanghai, a megalopolis that has just been forced to close for 3 months due to the Omicron pandemic.
The American Psychological Association's Rational Emotive Therapy, also known as ABC Theory, states that a person constantly repeats an irrational belief in internalized language, leading to unresolved emotional distress. This is one of the reasons why many people are addicted to their emotions and cannot extricate themselves from them. So we want to create a series of spaces to externalize and expand each emotion, and create certain connections between these emotional spaces. People can walk in this series of spaces and empathize with one of them, and experience the relationship between emotions and their development. And we also hope that the binary relationship created between different emotions will allow people to understand the emotional relationship of each other's position. To create a wonderful sequence of emotional spaces to heal or relieve people's emotional distress.
We first studied the composition of the space itself. From the very basics of the walls, ceiling height and the size of the room to the emotional impact of the people in it, we conducted a comparative study. We then hypothesized the rest of the room, such as the size and shape of the windows and doors, and the shape of the columns, on human emotions. We hope that this will serve as a breakthrough for the effect of space on emotions.
Based on this, we fused color psychology and the analysis of human emotions by a research group led by Lauri Nummenmaa, a neuroscientist at Turku University, we created a series of prototypical designs for emotions. We hope that people's subjective feelings in this archetypal space are capable of feeling this emotion, and that the design techniques of each archetype will be applied to the design of the next sequence.
Relying on the relationship between the development of emotions, dramatic effects and binary emotional oppositions, we arranged the different emotional archetypes and applied the design techniques of different spatial archetypes to different spaces to create different emotional sequences according to the descriptions in Alice in Wonderland. Visitors are free to choose different paths to complete this emotional "adventure", and there are different intersections in between depending on the emotions. In the final "courtroom", people with different emotions will gather here, and according to the guidance of emotions, they will go to the position of "judge", "crowd" and "judged". In the final "courtroom", people with different emotions will gather here, and according to the guidance of their emotions, they will take the positions of "judge", "crowd" and "judged".
Each person's life experience and different ways of dealing with emotions will lead people to different paths in the end, but in this process, people's inner emotions are externalized into space, and people's own emotions can be channeled through the guidance of the external space, so that they can get out of their own predicament and complete the healing process.
This is what our project is about: Alice in Wonderland, emotions and healing.

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