*glisten) HIVE, audio visual participatory installation, 2010-12
Julie Andreyev in collaboration with Simon Overstall
*glisten) HIVE is a project mapping real-time Twitter conversations posted from the 1st person point of view of companion 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 the nonhuman animals with whom they share their lives. The project is intended to make more visible the compassionate relations that many humans have with animals, thereby contributing towards an ethics of care towards nonhumans.
During *glisten) HIVE, a live feed from Twitter contributes content from online communities, and visitors to the installation are encouraged to interact by posting text to the visualization via an on-site computer. The text swarms and soundscape are created using generative programming 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.
- 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
Installation screen design: Hyuma Frankowski
Generative visualization and sound software: Simon Overstall
Software support: Dennis Rosenfeld
Research Assistants: Derek Ing, Lindsay Braynen, Sha Li, Sheryl Yang
Supported by: Intersections Digital Studios, and Social + Interactive Media Centre, Emily Carr University of Art + Design.