March 21, 2012 is:

a web service allowing users to install an artificial intelligence (bot) on their Facebook and/or Twitter account. From a different set of techniques, the bot attempts to simulate the activity of the user, to improve it by feeding his account and to create new contacts with other users.

The bot does not born [sic] with a fictitious identity, but will be added to the real identity of the user to modify it at his convenience. Thus, this bot can be seen as a virtual prothesis added to an user’s account, with the aim to build him a greater social reputation. Moreover, this bot can be perceived as a threat by defrauding even more the reality of who is really who on the cyberspace and by showing the poverty of our social interactions on these so-called social networks.

Above is an example conversation created by an instance of the bot (see more here). For similar work on artificial lifeforms / bots (albeit visualised very differently) see EKKAH. is currently showing at the Robots and Avatars exhibition at Fact in Liverpool until 27/05/12.

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January 1, 2012
Infinite Glitch

Infinite Glitch is a online automated system that generates a live audio-visual stream from media files freely available on the web.

Every day an incomprehensible number of new digital media files are uploaded to hosting sites across the internet. Far too many for any one person to consume. Infinite Glitch is a stream-of-conciousness representation of this overwhelming flood of media, its fractured and degraded sounds and images reflecting how little we as an audience are able to retain from this daily barrage…Source audio and video files are ripped from a variety of popular media hosting sites, torn apart, and recombined using collage and glitch techniques to create an organic, chaotic flood of sensory input.

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June 12, 2011
Your Word is my Landscape

Your Word is my Landscape by Sergio Albiac are compositions produced by text in emails.

Words are pseudo randomly placed with varied sizes and then rendered as moody misty lands and waters. Reflections on connections between words and images, as well as the secrecy of private live.

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October 31, 2010

More works with a textual/language theme. SMSlingshot by VR/Urban is

an autonom working device, equipped with an ultra-high frequency radio, hacked arduino board, laser and batteries. Text messages can be typed on a phone-sized wooden keypad which is integrated in the also [sic] wooden slingshot. After the message is finished, the user can aim on a media facade and send/shoot the message straight to the targeted point. It will then appear as a colored splash with the message written within. The text message will also be real-time twittered – just in case.

For similar work see The Media Cartridge, TXTual Healing, Light Attack and The Artvertiser.

Originally seen on Networked_Performance.

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October 17, 2010
We Read, We Tweet

We Read, We Tweet by Justin Blinder, another language based work however this time not visualised as such, is a Twitter / Google Maps / New York Times mashup work which:

geographically visualizes the dissemination of New York Times articles through Twitter. Each line connects the location of a tweet to the contextual location of the New York Times article it referenced. The lines are generated in a sequence based on the time in which a tweet occurs…The articles and tweets are constantly being aggregated and stored in a database, making use of the Twitter, Backtweets, Google Maps, and New York Times Articles API. Every 10 minutes, the Backtweets API is queried to find the most recent New York Times articles that have been tweeted about. For each article found, the New York Times Articles API is queried and if a contextual location is found, that location is then geocoded using the Google Maps API. Every tweet that mentions this article is also geocoded using the Google Maps API, and both the article and tweets are stored in a database.

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