The visual dictionary is a visualization of 53,464 english nouns arranged by meaning, each pixel on the screen represents an "thing" in the world, wether it be a person,plant, object or concept. When a pixel is clicked on a description and picture of the noun is displayed
Mr Acker choose a pixel at random, reads out the description of the noun and chats about how much he likes that particular thing. At first Mr Acker has a real lust for life enjoying all the things he finds, but once in a while,at random, he finds something that makes him angry. When he finds this "angry noun" he remembers the description and any other object he comes into contact with after he cross references its description with his list of words that make him angry. Eventually from a starting position of liking everything he comes in contact with he end ups feeling jaded, not liking more and more stuff until he hates most of what we see around us. Although Mr Acker can justify being angry at things that remind him of other things, but he cannot justify what sent him off hating in the first place. Using feedback, from this original outburst, his anger , having gone through a few generations, seems unfocused, lashing out random subjects, although his pathology will trace the development of his negativity from an incongruous start.
When Mr Acker comes into contact with Julia the artist he generally makes art about what makes him angry so the genesis of his anger is reveled. Once in a while though the Mr Acker will make an artwork about things he likes, adding to his unpredictable nature.
When Mr Acker comes to make his music he really tries to follow Julia advice...he tries to forget about his grievances and try's to use the material in a controlled manner.
Mr Ackers style could be called retentive, he lets out little squeals and gasps of what has annoyed him, tries to keep a lid on his anger. Unfortunately for Mr Acker his subconcious feeds back on the escaping rage and builds upon it, repeating and transforming it into a cacophony of Mr Ackers id screaming.
The Mr Acker instrument is made from 8 sound granulating units, capable of being recorded into. Mr Acker plays a short section of the sound he has gathered and the granulating units feedback, improvising on the sound. Mr Acker can also record off his audio rage and re-orginise it with his current melody,
Mr Acker gathers the sound for searching the internet for sounds with key word descriptions of what he has got annoyed with.
Mr Ackers visual art is achieved through a reductive process. From composited images of items he hates (he searches google image bank for pictures) he subtracts images of things he likes, trying to erase the feelings of hatred with something positive.
Mr Ackers personality has been developed from the book "Dealing with people you can't stand"
The Character of Mr Acker is based on the grenade type of personality. Here's what it says about grenades .
Grenades. Grenades explode unexpectedly, with little provocation. A grenade might begin a rant by blaming you for a specific problem, but by the end, he's likely to be venting about things that seem unrelated or even irrational. Unlike tanks, who focus on specific problems, grenades are mainly in search of attention.What to do: Fight fire with fire. Get the grenade's attention by raising your voice to match his, calling his name and waving your hands in front of you (without getting too close to him). Keep your tone friendly as you do this. Use rant-interruption statements, such as "I don't want you to feel that way. No one should have to feel that way." Address the portion of the grenade's rambling rant that matters most to him, if it can be identified. (Often this central problem will be that he's not getting the attention he feels he deserves.)Example: "We care about all the effort you put into this."If appropriate, add that you love this person. Grenades need to cool off before they can talk rationally, so suggest meeting later if more discussion is required. If you must deal with a grenade regularly, learn to avoid the topics that tend to set him off.