Working title: #Feedme | Work in progress
The project by Josien Niebuur & Manno Bult is an interactive installation (partly developed at the Banff Centre of the Arts in Canada), that is being continuously fed by social media, more specific the #hashtags used in twitter messages. The increasing amount of collected #hashtag data will be visualized in a physical interactive expanding construction. In the installation there will be an uncontrollable amount of information that is growing and reflecting on the process of constantly feeding ourselves with information, both consuming and producing. How do you visualise ‘infobesitas’? The art project will explore and poses these questions about the system that we are actively taking part in, visualised by the dynamics in the installation.
How was Max Msp Jitter used:
A big THANK YOU to Manno Bult who wrote the Java code, establishing the link between the twitter stream and Max Msp Jitter, and a big THANK YOU to Masayuki Akamats for developing the aka.objects for Max.
Max Msp Jitter allows you to write custom objects in, among others, Java. In this case Java was used to read the Twitter statuses stream with the aid of the fantastic Twitter4J library which is released under the Apache License 2.0.
Writing the plugin was done with the aid of the Max Msp Jitter documentation as well as some help from
Eva Schindling’s blog.
Thus the custom Java max object reads a filtered twitter stream and passes the relevant contents to the outlets of the object. Max Msp Jitter in it’s turn deals with that output anyway I see fit :)