Murmur Study by Christopher Baker and Marton Andras Juhasz looks at micro-messaging sites like Twitter and Facebook and outputs a physical record of some of the conversations that are happening. All 30 printers are controlled by and Arduino which receives data from Processing. This piece really did make me think about all the personal information available on the internet, and what it might be used for in the future. Scary.
This installation consists of 30 thermal printers that continuously monitor Twitter for new messages containing variations on common emotional utterances. Messages containing hundreds of variations on words such as argh, meh, grrrr, oooo, ewww, and hmph, are printed as an endless waterfall of text accumulating in tangled piles below.
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But wait, how much paper will be used over the entire time the ‘installation’ is running?
How many trees? How much power for recyling this now useless paper.
The makers have thought about that very issue.
From the link:
“The printed thermal receipt paper is then reused in future projects and exhibitions or recycled.”
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