There has been much press lately about twitter and what it is and means as a venue for human communication (even for an entire country of oppressed people.) It is a generous gift from its creators. You can’t really know what it is about unless you spend some “quality” time on it. Yes, there is a portion of it that is generated by spammers and plotters, making for an on-going clean up job from the twitter administrators. However, for the art community, it has been a great way to see what is going on the world-wide art community. Artists share ideas, sometimes blow-by-blow accounts of their art process. Many are posting links for you to see their finished work. Twitter is just in its infancy as an artist’s tool.
Here are two twitter art ventures in process for you to ponder, one local and one global.
local: “Art Talk” with the Three Rivers artists changes in real time at the Studio Tour website twitterfeed. Other twitter artists are joining us from time to time. The tweets are gathered here using what twitter users call a hash tag. Our art talk hash tag is #art3R. It works like a word you would use to do an internet search.
global: Sheree Rensel, an artist from St. Petersberg, Florida, is organizing the first twitter art show. The deadline for artists to participate is coming soon on June 30. You can follow Sheree on twitter @wizzlewolf. The show is called Twitter: 140. Experimental is a good description for this innovative idea.
[There is a website, not made by the twitter folks, but by other social media worker-bees. In their own words, “Twellow.com has been designed from the ground up to help you ‘cut through the clutter.’ From our home at Twellow headquarters, we’re actively searching and categorizing millions of inter-personal exchanges available on the internet every day. Twellow.com is thereby able to assist you in finding real people who really matter. We’re doing the hard work of sifting out people who can help bring your vision to reality, whatever that vision might be.” Go to the category they call arts, with its 27 sub-categories, to see what the twitter art world looks like—so far.]
from article at mashable.com “Twitter StreamGraphs is another data-based visualization of Twitter trends. Instead of loading bar charts or line items, it uses stream graphs to display words and tags associated with a keyword, based on a thousand recent tweets. It’s especially adept at visualizing tweets over time and can visualize the top keywords of any individual tweeter.”