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Christopher Baker  Minneapolis, MN

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Murmur Study is an installation that examines the rise of micro-messaging technologies such as Twitter and Facebook’s status update. One might describe these messages as a kind of digital small talk. But unlike water-cooler conversations, these fleeting thoughts are accumulated, archived and digitally-indexed by corporations. While the future of these archives remains to be seen, the sheer volume of publicly accessible personal ‘ often emotional ‘ expression should give us pause.

This installation consists of 30 thermal printers that continuously monitor Twitter for new messages containing variations on common emotional utterances. Messages containing hundreds of variations on words such as argh, meh, grrrr, oooo, ewww, and hmph, are printed as an endless waterfall of text accumulating in tangled piles below.

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"Smart! Deep and insightful! It is disturbing and meaningful, just the kind of jolt people of today, so jaded and numb, need! Love, love, love it. Almost a little to smart for me."

"Profound utilization of social observation."

"Makes me feel paranoid. Though doesn't this seem too literal of an approach? The fact that it provokes any emotion as an installation makes me feel like it's doing its job. This is a great concept and execution. Political and social at the same time being a constantly moving and changing sculpture."

"Very very interesting! I had no idea."

""Give us pause"... I totally agree!!! Joined twitter about 5 months ago,have sat and "paused" when about to twit and i have yet to twit. Maybe others will pause also when seen in your visual APPLICATION/concept Stephen. Thankyou. Such a brainy artist!"

"something about the video is so beautiful, almost sad in a way...very original."

"wow. visually compelling and scary as he**"

"great.great.great - murmur study <3. X ."

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