Is Your Tweet A Work Of Art? No, Seriously – It Might Be

How would you feel if someone took one of those TMI moments you tweeted and attached it to an image and then showcased it in an art exhibit?

First – what does TMI mean? “Too much information.” And we bet you’re guilty of it on Twitter from time to time. We also bet you’d be a little weirded out to see your TMI tweet represented this way, particularly as the artists use geolocation information to find imagery relevant to the tweet.

Fast Company shares that this “Geolocation” project is by conceptual artists Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman. 

Using publicly available GPS metadata in Twitter posts, the duo track the location of tweets and take photographs, creating a real-world context for the virtual information. They then pair the photograph with the tweet, often to powerful effect.

[T]he process of selecting tweets is very subjective. Larson says he favors tweets that “have to do with privacy or political events or things that are happening on the national news scale,” while Schindelman says she goes for the “dramatic and romantic ones.”

The GPS information can only narrow the location down to a 15-foot radius, so it’s up to Larson and Shindelman to determine the perspective and point of view of each photograph.

Their work comments on the voyeuristic aspect of Twitter, as well as the absence of privacy in the digital age. “I’m simultaneously amazed and horrified by what people post on Twitter,” says Shindelman.

Here are a couple to give you a sense of what they’re creating. You can check out more of them here.


What do you think of this concept? Does it creep you out a little bit? Make you reconsider sharing too much online?

(Art Gallery image from Shutterstock)

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