Leave it to the artists to translate new technology into a new expressive form. With the innovation of social media, creative types are engaging with sites like Twitter and Facebook in interesting ways. Who said you have to log onto Twitter just to share your random thoughts with the world? These artists exemplify that Twitter is loaded with creative potential, you just have to think outside the tweet box. Here’s my list of the top five Twitter-inspired projects.
1. Chalkbot (Pictured Above). The Chalkbot – literally a gigantic, zamboni-like robot – reads tweets from @chalkbot’s twitter feed and reprints them, word for word, on the streets in chalk.Â The project was funded by Nike’s agencey, W+K. Just got to @chalkbot on Twitter and you’re on your way to sharing your words of wisdom and inspiration with the world.
If you didn’t get a chance to catch this man on The Colbert Report this week, you should download the interview. He’s fabulous, and wildly brilliant. His is more of asocial media experiment than an art project per-say, but it’s equally as enthralling.
Dan Sinker, a professor of journalism at Columbia College in Chicago, created a Twitter account under the name @MayorEmanuel. This was, of course, at the same time Mayor Emanuel was actually running for mayor of Chicago. The fake account, puppeteered by Sinker, gained more than a thousand followers overnight, and quickly excelled the number of followers that the real mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Sinker sustained his audience by telling a layered narrative involving five fantastical characters, including duck named Quaxelrod and a dog named Hambone. Sinker has been asked to cease and desist, though there’s buzz that his tweets will be printed in a new book to come out this summer.