Twitter Murder Machine

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    This project is an exploration into my very complicated relationship with Venezuela.
     
    There exists a humbling dichotomy that contrasts the most extreme beauty with the most brutal and senseless violence, claiming 21,692 lives in 2012It is a topic that resides deep in my psyche and is in large part responsible for my personality.
     
  • The Twitter Murder Machine is an interactive installation made up of three separate narratives that together articulate an overarching narrative.
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    The concept behind this project is one of very intense love and hate; of extreme promise and extreme resentment.  The participant experiences the confusion and discomfort of these opposing forces through three mixed-media narratives, each hand-built and coded specifically created for that narrative.
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    The first narrative emulates the frequency and normalcy of murders in Venezuela. It consists of a digital 7-segment LED display and an Arduino Microcontroller that count down 24 minutes and select a random Twitter user from Caracas to be “killed” by the machine, totalling 21,692 people after a year of operation.
  • Programmed using the Arduino IDE
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    The second part of the machine consists of two speakers, each plays one side of a phone conversation between a man and woman trapped in an endless break-up. It illustrates the deep love and sadness that come from a forced separation, and in my particular case, being forced to leave Venezuela, hating so much of it but still loving it the way I do.
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    The third narrative consists of a video loop which juxtaposes the extreme beauty and the senseless violence of the country. When a beautiful woman picks out a name from a bowl another icon is added to the overlaid grid; the beautiful woman is Miss Venezuela 2012 and the grid quantifies the dead.
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    Altogether, these three narratives address the bigger subjects of vulnerability, fear and uncertainty in the face of extreme beauty.