*glisten) HIVE

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

—video a 05:00 excerpt from exhibition “Urban Beeing”, Slolska 28, Prague—

*glisten) HIVE is a project that aggregates, visualizes and sonifies Twitter communications about animals. The project offers textual representations of empathy towards nonhumans, as a form of ecological relating. The selected Tweets are mapped into the installation as animated text mimicking social-insect swarming patterns. The animations are created using Max/MSP software and allow for regular Tweet updates to the swarms’ non-repeating organically moving patterns. Visitors can contribute Tweets to the swarm. The soundscape is produced using granular synthesis and generative techniques that create sonic changes in relation to the shifting spatial dimensions of the swarms. The project can be customized for specific content and can consist of one or numerous unique swarms. The last exhibition of the project, installed in “Urban Beeing”, Slolska 28, Prague focused on Tweets about bees, and experimented with 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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