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5 Twitter Art Projects – Volume 3 [WebApp]


Nearly 4 months since our last post on Twitter Art Projects but this time we have collected more diverse than ever collection of art installations/web projects that utilize twitter in a very unique way. From radio controlled cars to hand drawings these show that there is much more to twitter than what some may have had for breakfast – definetly a reflection on our group consciousness.. (vol 1). If you missed the previous editions, check out:

Volume 1 + Volume 2

Hard Drivin

Hard Drivin’ is a kinetic installation created by Ivan Twohig, Benjamin Gaulon and Brian Solon. The title of the piece references Hard Drivin’ a video game released in 1989. The game featured the first 3D polygon driving environment.

The installation involves radio controlled (R/C) cars that physically react to short messages (‘tweets’) sent through the popular social networking site Twitter. The cars are placed on a 3d-like structure inspired by polygonal modeling. Anyone can participate by telling the cars to begin following another user, by sending a simple command inside a tweet.

You can get the cars to start following a user, by sending a reply to @harddrivin, e.g.: @harddrivin follow @exchangedublin
Then every time that user tweets, one of the cars will move in a random direction.

More info @ http://harddrivin.com + see this Flickr Set for more images.

Default to Public

“Default to Public” is a project by Jens Wunderling dealing with the discrepancy between people’s feeling of privacy on the web and the physical world. It consists of an ongoing series of objects and interventions linking the physical world to the online world in unexpected and narrative ways to create awareness for self-exposure.

Currently there are three projects, Status Panel, TweetScreen and Tweetleak with another two still under wraps named Classified Tweets and Tweetcast.

Status Panel enhances the well known interface – the doorbell providing a small LCD panel displaying one’s twitter status along with the name. Additionally the status panel has it’s own Twitter Account and then the button is pressed it re-tweets one’s current tweet.

Tweetscreen is a networked projection/installation in public space showing tweets which have been written near it’s own physical location on a large projection screen. The twitter users whose tweets have been chosen receive a reply message aling with the photo taken by a webcam.

Tweetleak is a monolithic anthracithe-coloured pole which is placed in a public place aggregating tweets from nearby and “materialises them”. After the tweet has been printed out the author is notified.

All works follow a simple, yet powerful principle: Information from the twitter network (standing for information on the web) are displayed in another public environment, the documentation of this process is fed back into the digital public sphere and the authors of the information are notified of that abduction. Two public spheres are temporarily linked, creating repercussions of communication in the digital public sphere, which seems to be regarded as less public than the physical world, although it has a far wider reach than classic media, plus it never expires or is written over.

More information at defaulttopublic.net

Tweeting Colors

Tweeting Colors is webpage comprised of vertical color bars created by special tweets from Twitter users. New bars are added from the left, pushing the existing arrangement to the right. A project by A Feverish Dream, this piece allows the audience to directly manipulate the resulting visual. Anyone can view the piece, but a Twitter user can add bars by following these simple directions. The page auto-refreshes a few times a minute, so sit back and enjoy the Color Feed.

To participate in Tweeting Colors, simply post a tweet containing the following three elements:

#afd (This is a tag acting as a filter. The “afd” stands for A Feverish Dream)
a color name from the HTML color chart below. It is not case-sensitive, so you can use all caps or all lowercase.
a number between 1 and 20, inclusive. This determines the width of the vertical band of color you’re creating.

Your tweet should show up in the Color Feed within a minute.
Examples of acceptable tweets:  #afd DARKRED 4 or  deeppink 18 #afd or  you can simply work these tags into a normal post: Cleaning out the blue garage today #afd 8

See more at tweetingcolors.com


UTV is the transposition of our Internet identities from Twitter feeds to an over-the-air TV broadcast.

UTV is part of an exhibition entitled “Ill Communication” by Rob Duarte, which examines the role of technology in our understandings of community and communication. The format of the exhibition is such that each of the participating artists presents a work that spans two halves of the gallery space – an “interface” and an “output”.


The UTV installation begins with an open presentation of the technology behind the television broadcast. A laptop computer connects to a display, which shows the real-time workings of the scripts and patches that gather Twitter feeds from people in the Chicago area. A camcorder then converts the image into a ready-for-TV signal and finally leads to a UHF transmitter that broadcasts the content to any television sets in the area. The corkboard above this makeshift TV station contains my notes, sketches and observations about the technical process, comparisons between the sociopolitical histories of Internet and broadcast TV media, and the re-appropriation of the obsolete medium of analog TV for the purposes of broadcasting local community-produced content.


In the second half of the gallery, a pile of TVs and their rabbit-ear antennae are tuned to UHF channel 14½ to receive the reconfigured broadcast. The commentaries and mini-monologues from the once-digital medium scroll past the TV screens at varying speeds. The translation of this content to the fuzzy world of analog TV happens as the medium reaches the final stage of its gradual appropriation for purely commercial purposes. When it is discontinued this year, its final remains will be sold to private corporations and its demise as a medium for geographically relevant, freely available, community-driven content will be complete. UTV is an effort to filter “local” content from the world-wide medium of the Internet and funnel it back into the communication void that will exist during the final days of analog TV and beyond. This project also serves to expose this sociopolitical history of analog broadcasting and compare it to the power struggles that the Internet has and will face in the future.

More about Rob and his other work can be found at robduarte.com

Twitter Drawings

On February 19th, 2009, Marc Horowitz posted this “tweet” on twitter.com (see first image below). Each of the 100 original drawings were mailed out to the first 100 respondents after the entire collection was put on display at Postmasters Gallery in New York as part of the exhibition “The future is not what it used to be” from February 28th – April 4th, 2009.

This limited-edition catalog contains all 100 drawings and you can purchase it at http://bit.ly/buytwitterbook.
You can see all the drawings at http://bit.ly/twitterdrawings.

If you are interested in purchasing the book, see here.

Marc continues to tweet and you should add him at @marchorowitz.