*glisten) HIVE, generative Twitter feed installation, 2010-ongoing
In collaboration with Simon Overstall
*glisten) HIVE is a project mapping real-time Twitter conversations about animals. The Twitter community’s conversations are mapped into animated text patterns in an interactive installation using computer algorithms that mimic social-insect swarming patterns. The project offers textual representations of empathy by humans in relation to animals.
The project is intended to represent the compassionate relations that humans have with animals, thereby contributing towards an ethics of care towards nonhumans. The text swarms and soundscape are created using software, created using Max/MSP, that allows for ever-changing, non-repeating patterns—a depiction of living consciousness. Here, the online communities are represented as a collective effect and a spatial dimension of communication.
(The Vimeo link is a recording from the exhibition “Urban Beeing”, Školská 28, Prague, Czech Republic, Nov 20-Dec 12, 2014. For this exhibition, the project was customized to focus on tweets about bees.)
- 2014, Nov 20-Dec 12, “Urban Beeing”, Školská 28, Prague, Czech Republic.
- 2012 the 3rd Art and Science International Exhibition, Beijing, China.
- 2011 CHI2011 User in Flux workshop, Vancouver, May 7-12.
- 2010 CODE Live 2 (Cultural Olympiad’s Digital Edition), Vancouver Cultural Olympiad, Feb 4-21.
Commissioned by: Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad
Software: Simon Overstall
Installation screen design: Hyuma Frankowski
Software support: Dennis Rosenfeld
Research Assistants: Derek Ing, Lindsay Braynen, Sha Li, Sheryl Yang
Intersections Digital Studios, and Social + Interactive Media Centre, Emily Carr University of Art + Design.