Give an artist paint, they will create a portrait. Give an artist paint and electronics, they will go on to create a true Maker masterpiece. Designed by Oslo School of Architecture and Design students Syver Lauritzen and Eirik Haugen Murvol, MONOLITT is an interactive installation that literally paints the mood of the city, using social media feeds as an input.
The installation takes electronic signals (via what appears to be an Atmel powered Arduino board) and enables them to manifest themselves in the physical world. Using sentiment analytics, the installation links tweets to corresponding colored paints in real-time, feeding them out through the top of the sculpture, letting them flow into a procedurally generated three-dimensional painting.
As the video below demonstrates, when users tweet things such as “annoyed,” the interactive installation triggers certain paint colors that they emit out of the white statute. We can only presume that vibrant globs of paint are associated with positive tweets like “feeling good,” while the darker ones are left for those gloomy days.
This is not the first time we’ve seen the coalescing of art and electronics, and certainly won’t be the last! Interested? Check out the designer’s MONOLITT page here.