*glisten) HIVE

A project I worked on with Julie Andreyev:

*glisten) HIVE is a project mapping real-time online conversations about animal consciousness into an audio-video interactive installation using computer algorithms that mimic social-insect swarming patterns. Animated text and sound display real-time Twitter or Sina Weibo contributions about animals. The project looks at humans who are posting from the 1st person point of view of their animal companions, offering textual representations of human empathy and compassion in relation to nonhumans. During the installation, visitors are also encouraged to interact by posting entries to the visualization via an on-site computer and interface or from their own mobile devices. A live feed from Twitter or Sina Weibo contributes content from online communities. The text swarms and soundscape are created using generative computer programming that allows for ever-changing, non-repeating patterns. The swarm of text and sound, in a sense, takes on a life of its own and depicts group consciousness.

Live Twitter or Sina Weibo contributions are coded and projected into moving text patterns reminiscent of swarming patterns of insects, visualizing shared experience and group intelligence. Within the installation, visitors are also encouraged to interact by posting entries to the visualization via an on-site computer and interface or from their own mobile devices. Here, the emergent pattern of on-line and on-site communities are represented as a collective effect and a spatial dimension of communication based on shared themes of discussion.

*glisten) HIVE was part of CODE Live 2 (Cultural Olympiad’s Digital Edition), Vancouver, Feb 4-21, 2010.

*glisten)HIVE was shown at CHI 2011 User in Flux workshop, Vancouver, May 7-12, 2011.

*glisten)HIVE was shown at The 3rd Art and Science International Exhibition and Symposium, Beijing, November 1-30. 2012.

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