i<3 (i heart)

Title: i<3 (i heart) Year: 2011 Medium: wood, acrylic, custom software, arduino

i<3 is a site specific interactive installation that behaviorally changes based on twitter hashtags that have been published. The hearts light up based on the amount of human current and flow. Each 1/2 of a heart lights up once a certain number of tweets has been reached. i<3 can be adapted to any hashtag chosen and can therefor continue to be shown at different venues. Five hearts stylistically play off of the "life" hearts found in video games (such as Zelda). This particular documentation of the installation counted the number of ingenuityfest tweets based on the hashtag #ingenuityfest as it was installed at the 2011 ingenuityfest in Cleveland. i<3 premiered at the 2011 installation of ingenuityfest at the Detroit Superior Bridge in downtown Cleveland.

::Latest Update::

Our project I heart is currently installed at the Akron Public Library Please join us for a talk about the project September 10 – 2pm @ the Techzone.

//benitez_vogl, Margarita Benitez and Markus Vogl develop work within a hybrid art praxis since 2000. They question contemporary issues concerning technology, such as exploring the mediation of information in our lives. Their current research explores 3D printing and transformation of the human form with through concepts of biomimicry, the concept of pret-a-faire (ready-to-make) thru generative fashion applications and open source tools for artists.