*glisten) HIVE is a project mapping real-time on-line conversations about animal consciousness into an audio-video interactive installation using computer algorithms that mimic social-insect swarming patterns.
*glisten) HIVE is an interactive installation in which animated text and sound generation depict live Twitter contributions about animals. The project is intended to raise awareness about animals’ complex states of being (so often distanced by a culture which thinks of animals primarily in terms of consumption.) Twitter contributions are coded and projected into moving text patterns reminiscent of swarming patterns of insects, visualizing shared experience and group intelligence.
Julie Andreyev: artist
Simon Lysander Overstall: programming
*glisten)HIVE was part of CODE Live 2 (Cultural Olympiad’s Digital Edition), Vancouver, Feb 4-21, 2010.
*glisten)HIVE was shown at CHI 2011 User in Flux workshop, Vancouver, May 7-12, 2011.
*glisten)HIVE was installed at The 3rd Art and Science International Exhibition and Symposium, Beijing, November 1-30. 2012.
How did this project use Max?
The live text animations, as well as the generative granular audio, were all programmed in the Max/MSP/Jitter environment. Three networked computers output the visuals to four (total) HD projectors and audio to a 4.1 system with a speaker behind each of the four screens.