Program: Black Swans

LPM Live Performers Meeting 2013 Mexico
JANUARY 24th - 26th 2013 | Mexico City
Audio Visual Performing Artists Meeting
January, 24th 2013, 3:00 pm | January, 25th 2013, 4:00 am
January 24 - 26, 2013
Cenart, Mexico City Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
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Black Swans

AV Installation

Duration: 30 min.

Friday, 25 January 2013 | 14:00 > 22:00
Saturday, 26 January 2013 | 14:00 > 22:00 | Gallery

“Black Swans” is an installation that uses Twitter searches to generate video art, sculpture, and text. A custom-built software program runs a Twitter search of a keyword (“beautiful”, "space", “electric”, “numbers”, etc) as its source and creates shapes based on the characteristics of the resulting Tweet– length of the text, number of friends associated with the tweet, how many times it’s been re-tweeted, etc.

These keywords are generated by audience members sending tweets with a custom hashtag, so the video takes its shape from audience input-- the more tweets sent, the more complicated the shape becomes.

The software program also creates a live text stream, generated by the most-used words in the tweets, which becomes the title for the installation. For instance, the search for “beautiful” creates the text “Beautiful Driving into tho saw beautiful:) single then from a cry over moment”.
Link to video:


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