Greg Niemeyer

11 Feb, 2015

Greg Niemeyer

In collaboration with Reza Naima.

If you clicked 100 times, that means you own 100 datashares of the company, which would translate into a portfolio of $81.00. Not bad for a hundred clicks. Of course this is just an example, but we are setting up the legal framework for this to happen, and you can turn your stress into an actual value both to yourself and to your community, because in the end, the stressmap produces a map of where and when people are stressed out. That map will help us build more resilient and flexible urban centers. The whole is more that the sum of all clicks.

Right now, we're building a web app, and once we worked out a nice UIUX flow, we'll implement a beta app for Android and iPhone platforms.

Tidal Bells

Expanding on Polartide with one additional collaborator, Tiffany Ng, tidal bells allows users to ring the bells of Carillons to mark sea levels near the bell tower. We have two versions so far, one for the Pacific Rim and one for the Gulf of Mexico. Purely from an interface standpoint, I prefer the Gulf of Mexico version, because the sea levels and the click frequencies are integrated in the most effective way so far. A recording of the UC Berkeley performance of Tidal Bells is linked here courtesy of Perrin Meyer. The interface for this recording was


Polartide is a joint project with Chris Chafe, Rama Gottfried and Perrin Meyer. We started the project as a commission for the Maldives Pavilion of the Venice Biennale 2013. More information and the thing itself is here.

About Greg

Greg Niemeyer studied Classics and Photography in Switzerland and started working with new media when he moved to the Bay Area in 1992. He received his MFA from Stanford University in New Genres (that's what New Media was called at the time) in 1997. At the same time, he founded the Stanford University Digital Art Center (SUDAC), which he directed until 2001, when he was appointed as a professor for New Media at UC Berkeley's Department of Art Practice. At UC Berkeley, he is also the Director of the Berkeley Center for New Media, an interdisciplinary center for the critical analysis of new media experiences. In both roles, he creatively investigates the impact of new media on human experiences. At CITRIS, Greg co-founded the Data and Democracy Initiative with Ken Goldberg in 2011.