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The Kinetic Storyteller

Interactive and networked swings that materialising social media data through kinetic interaction and play. Originally commissioned at SIGGRAPH Art Gallery (LA, US) 2016.

Social engagement in public space can be an awkward, challenging, and often a difficult experience for people unfamiliar with each other or their surroundings. The need for a non-partial mediator to connect people is something that artists have been tackling with their work for many years and is still being reinvented daily. This form of intervention allows for people occupying a space to engage in playful and anonymous interaction with others. Creatively speaking, this can take the form of a simple note on the wall that reminds people that others exist around them, or a full-scale interactive experience that encourages interaction between people and as well as the invitation to play with a system

The Kinetic Storyteller is a playful environment for social interaction consisting of a pair of swings next to each other. As participant swings on the structure, they are connected to a data stream of the networked landscape around them, specifically the social media banter of Twitter. With each kinetic swing rotation, new messages tagged with specific hashtags are presented on three large screen situated in front and to the sides of the participants. The social interaction is not only to reveal data, here each swing generating data – and different narratives. Thus the kinetic motion of the swings drives the data stream, illuminating this lost connection between our physical movement and the information that we generate and carry with us daily from our mobile devices. Participant’s interaction with the swings materializes the data moving invisible through their immediate spaces through play.

The playground swing is one of life's simplest pleasures. Feeling your suspended body move through space, rising and falling in a fixed arc that flows first with then against, the pull of gravity, is both thrilling and reassuring. It remains a peerless, timeless invention and an open invitation to play, for children and adults alike. The Kinetic Storyteller is an interactive reinvention of the swing that brings additional dimensions to data materialization.
No one leaves without a smile (Invigilator)

Its a wonderful piece. It's playful. It's a comment on the meaningless of data.
It's one of things that got a lot cooler once I got on it.

This is awesome. It's interactive live data and (also) visually intriguing

Feedback by audiences at SIGGRAPH Art Gallery (LA, US) 2016
Programmed by Engineer Louis Christodoulou

Originally commissioned at SIGGRAPH Art Gallery (LA, US) 2016. SIGGRAPH is the world’s largest, most influential annual event in computer graphics and interactive techniques. Artwork and artists for the SIGGRAPH 2016 Art Gallery are selected by the Art Gallery Chair and not by a jury.

Supported by Leonardo and The MIT Pres.

Partly funded by Ravensbourne