FMI Hackathon and the tweeTrumpr


2 day hackathon at the the Frank Mohr Institute on the theme of “Connection”.


We – team tweeTrumr (consisting of me, Hendrik Hantschel and Romy Kuldip Singh) – wanted to engage with placing scraped data in a physical space so that you could somehow engage with it bodily while still capturing the elusive nature of streamed information. The result is the tweeTrumr: a prototype projection installation made with javascript, node.js, arduino and Max/MSP(jitter).



1x proximity sensor,1x arduino, 8x A3 papers, 3x macbook,1x projector (not because this is necessary but because we had 3 macbooks which we where working on simultaneously so it seemed reasonable to do it that way).

The way it works:

1 computer is scraping twitter through a javascript running through node.js for any information relating to a specific topic, in this case Donald Trump. We choose trump because he is such a bizarre presence both online and offline and therefor seemed like a suitable scraping target.

The scraped tweets are send via OSC to a 2nd computer running a max patch which controls the output to the projector.

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A proximity sensor is connected via arduino to a 3rd computer which measures the presence of and distance to the user.


If no user is close enough the tweets are displayed in small lines of projected text inspiring the user to look closer.

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If the user gets closer however, the text animates and becomes unreadable.


(if the user gets close enough a slide sequence of Donald Trump images are displayed instead of the tweets).

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The result is a textbased installation that you can never really “look at”.


and we won this beautiful think-outside-the-box price! 🙂


(Code coming soon)

Published by Hannes Andersson (Lhynkx)

Hannes Andersson is an artist, filmmaker and researcher, born in Gothenburg (Sweden) and currently based in the Netherlands where he is undertaking a MFA in Media, Art, Design and Technology at the Frank Mohr Institute, Minerva Art Academy. Hannes is co-founder of the art collective Chinos International CC, director and co-founder of the independent film group Andersson Rodriguez Films. His artistic work focuses on the relationships between humanity, technology culture and narrative.