Personality Patterns, 522 handcut, burnished and powder coated pieces of cold rolled steel, bolted to the wall. While data tracking has seeped into our lives, the more mesmerizing frontier is not just what we’ll know about ourselves, but what we’ll know and anticipate about the people around us. Imagine if you could see a lifetime of relationships, with all the quirks and understanding that you gain after months into a relationship, scored and color coded in advance? A peek into the years of relationships, a real-life view into 'optimal-stopping-theory' better known as 'the secretary problem'.
After hunting online, I found a dataset uploaded by two danish researchers, activists who scraped the OKcupid dating site of 68,000 user profiles and responses to almost two thousand questions. I quickly downloaded and went to work. Questions like "Are you comfortable eating with chopsticks?" or " Let's say you are in line at a grocery store and have many items, the person behind you just has only one or two. Do you offer to let them go ahead of you?" can tell you a lot about a person. I boiled it down to 384 of the best questions and sorted them according to the Murray system of needs - 29 categories of personality quirks that you can instantly recognize. The need for recognition, sympathy, to acquire or hoard, to be tidy, or to explain things are just a few of the hidden personality quirks.
Fabricated lovingly by hand by Elijah Godfrey of Second Chance Custom of Austin, TX. 9ft x 12 ft at Marriott hotel in Omaha, Nebraska 2017 and 8 ft x 18 ft in the Computational Math Lab at Michigan State University 2018.