#tweetspace (2011) – Anselm Venezian Nehls & Tarik Barri
- interactive audiovisual surround installation
computer, loudspeakers, projectors, self-developed software
additional programming: Florian Eitel
scientific consultant: Dr. Thomas Hermann
artistic consultant: Sam Auinger
dramaturgy: Marcus Gammel
courtesy: © HEAVYLISTENING
production: #tweetspace is part of the #tweetscapes project, a collaboration between Deutschlandradio Kultur, HEAVYLISTENING, CITEC Bielefeld and MA Sound Studies, Berlin University of the Arts
Anselm Venezian Nehls
- * 1981 in Berlin (DE), lives in Berlin
- * 1979 in Arnhem (NL), lives in Berlin
#tweetspace offers a new, sensory mode of access to the Social Web. Around the clock, all Twitters in German are transformed into abstract sounds and images – in real time, right after being sent. This happens according to a set of rules: different sounds are assigned to #hashtags (thematic keywords), @replies (personal messages), Retweets (forwards) and Trending Topics (dominant themes). The computer automatically works out a unique characteristic sound for every possible subject.
In this way, the up-to-the-minute mood at Twitter and the evolution of nationwide themes of discourse become evident: the initial flare of a message, the rapid spread of its echoes and repeats, and the “basic undertone” of a day marked by a certain theme. #tweetspace is both an interactive audiovisual composition and a scientific sonification and visualization of data, which should facilitate new hypotheses about the underlying information.
Anyone who has a Twitter account can join in live: simply send a Tweet in German with a #hashtag (e.g. #soundart or #tweetspace) and look and see what happens. The transformation occurs within seconds.
Sound sequence: Anselm Venezian Nehls & Tarik Barri, #tweetscapes
Abb.: © ZKM | Karlsruhe, Foto: Steffen Harms