Physical Space Tweets: Pst! microCONTROL

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Pst! is the surreptitious beckoning of attention and the acronym for Physical Space Tweets. It is a small Ardunio storyteller installed in public space giving an audience a glimpse into a geo-tagged community’s topic feed.

For the Leeds Pavillion at Mediamatic’s Amsterdam Biennale 2009 Pst! chronicled life in Leeds through it’s twitter feed.

Pst! microCONTROL from Megan Leigh Smith on Vimeo.

The piece locates a public social narrative by pulling an information feed from Twitter User profiles geographically aligned to Leeds with Twitter’s geocode API and then prints this information onto a mini LCD screen. By removing the peripheral of the computer a Pst! device can be placed in a non-space providing a window directly into a geo-located public space.

See http://megansmith.ca/blog/?tag=arduino for more info.

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  1. A quick post on this one  – one of our projects ‘TalesofThings’ is currently part of FutureEverything in Manchester. We have installed RFID reading iPhones to record and replay peoples memories of the good they buy and drop off. Its always good to get a little publicity for such work and its jsut been picked up by Wired:

We will have a movies of the RFID reader soon as well as full details on how to make your own, all part of talesofthings.com. You can read our write up of the event here.


Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.