The.. ISMAR@SHIFT

http://www.vimeo.com/31809603

“The
” is an interactive installation that conisders the theories of David Bohm, that it is not the mind that generates thoughts, but a thought is a universal entity that enters our brains and influences our actions. Taking social media such a Twitter as an expression of a “global” thought and making it visible, we want to see if that is indeed a truth or whether we can take some control of it and influence the course of “our thinking”.

The interactive installation “The
” enables viewers to interact with ‘thoughts’ by casting their shadows on the wall of a gallery. Thanks to the motion and body shape sensing cameras such as Kinect, the shadows of the viewers casted on the walls will be able to engage into an interactive play with “thoughts” loaded from live twitter feed. Although seemingly accidental and random, displayed messages are the result of algorithms that construct searches from a pool of words and then reach out to twitter, finding users who express thoughts in connection to the search words and phrases.

As the thought returns to the application, animated from the head of the viewer we see the words that connected it and as these are returned back to the cloud, two new words are selected and search process begins again.

“The
” was conceptualised and created by Kasia Molga and Brendan Oliver, produced by V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media and shown in ISMAR@SHIFT Festival in Basel, Switzerland, October 2011.

More info:
http://www.flpdigital.com/
http://www.kasiamolga.net/
http://www.shiftfestival.ch/en/shift-2011/program/ismarshift/

very nicely executed – though it’s hard to see from the video what kind of ‘thoughts’ people are thinking. i’d be curious to read the text some more :slight_smile:

Hey Thanks,

It was an interesting project to work on and one of the challenges was with the algo to search and filter messages from twitter - there are so many inane tweets that we needed to get the filter right.

The app actually posted the tweets used on this account https://twitter.com/#!/theinbasel . We initially included the search term in the twitter feed so you could search search term and the matching tweet but these were picked up on the search and the app ended up searching and speaking to itself!

In the end the tweets we found and used made sense in the context of the installation.