*glisten) HIVE

*glisten) HIVE, generative animation and sound installation, 2010-14
A collaboration with Simon Lysander Overstall

vimeo link is a 05:00 excerpt from “Urban Beeing”, Slolska 28, Prague.

*glisten) HIVE is a project that uses Twitter conversations about animals mapped into animated text that mimics social-insect swarming patterns. The project offers textual representations of empathy from humans towards nonhumans. The text swarms are created using Max/MSP software, allowing for regular Tweet updates into the swarm’s non-repeating organically moving patterns. The soundscape is produced using software that allows for granular synthesis and generative techniques, changing with the shifting spatial dimensions of the swarms. In the exhibition space, an onsite computer allows visitors to upload their own Tweets to the swarm. The project can be customized to include specific content, and consist of one or numerous unique swarms. The last iteration, installed in “Urban Beeing”, Slolska 28, Prague focused on Tweets about bees, and used recordings of bees for the soundscape.

Twitter: @glisten_HIVE

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Commissioned by: Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad

Production Team:
Julie Andreyev: concept, visual design
Simon Lysander Overstall: Max/MSP software, sound design
Hyuma Frankowski: installation screen design
Dennis Rosenfeld: software support
Derek Ing,  Lindsay Braynen, Sha Li, Sheryl Yang: Research Assistants

Supported by:
CODE Live 2 (Cultural Olympiad’s Digital Edition), Vancouver Cultural Olympiad;
Intersections Digital Studios, and Social + Interactive Media Centre, Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

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