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How to represent the data of 2200 spaces aesthetically and in real time?

Design

2207 museums in 64 countries took part in Museum Week 2015 Twitter for a week. Each work was generated from data collected on the museums' Twitter accounts such as their profile picture, tweets and general activity in the days leading up to the event. After being exhibited at the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine during the event, the work is still available here.

Concept

Carried out in collaboration with Marcin Ignac, this project highlighted the role of art exhibitors in museums by transforming them, in turn, into works of art.

Two guiding threads were put at the centre of the work. The first, aesthetics, took on an architectural form, embodying the museum as a permanent institution. A growing spiral illustrates the number of years the museum has been on Twitter. The twitter ID draws the peripheral elements of the structure, and the number of "followers" determines its level of complexity. Each tweet generated by the museum appears in a spherical form in this structure. Finally, a final customization step consists in determining the colors based on the profile picture of the museum. With each tweet containing the #museumweek, a beam of light passes through the structure.

The "flow" is the second structuring element of the work. It is the intensity of the number of tweets: to each new tweet tweet was added an element that levitated around the structure. Thus, the public could feel the mass of interaction generated on Twitter by the #museumweek.

Project Details

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Client:

Twitter

Data from 2200 museums generate 2200 live works in real time.

2207 museums in 64 countries took part in Museum Week 2015 Twitter for a week. Each work was generated from data collected on the museums' Twitter accounts such as their profile picture, tweets and general activity in the days leading up to the event. After being exhibited at the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine during the event, the work is still available here.

"2,207 museums were able to generate a real-time work related to their data."

Carried out in collaboration with Marcin Ignac, this project highlighted the role of art exhibitors in museums by transforming them, in turn, into works of art.

Two guiding threads were put at the centre of the work. The first, aesthetics, took on an architectural form, embodying the museum as a permanent institution. A growing spiral illustrates the number of years the museum has been on Twitter. The twitter ID draws the peripheral elements of the structure, and the number of "followers" determines its level of complexity. Each tweet generated by the museum appears in a spherical form in this structure. Finally, a final customization step consists in determining the colors based on the profile picture of the museum. With each tweet containing the #museumweek, a beam of light passes through the structure.

The "flow" is the second structuring element of the work. It is the intensity of the number of tweets: to each new tweet tweet was added an element that levitated around the structure. Thus, the public could feel the mass of interaction generated on Twitter by the #museumweek.

"Bright understood our needs perfectly and had the ability to create incredible bridges between our technology and art."

Project Details

Client:

Twitter

Date:

November 18, 2016

Team:

Abdel Bounane - Art Direction & Marcin Ignac - Design & Data-Mining

Distribution :

Web - Twitter - Cité du Patrimoine et de l'architecture

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