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JIAYI & SHIH-WEN YOUNG: Presently Untitled
Data Mapping of 2016 US Presidential Election Twitter Activity
February 10 - March 30, 2017
Reception: Friday, Feb. 10, 6-9 PM | Artist Talk: Sunday, Feb. 26, 2-3 PM

Concept and Art Direction:
JIAYI YOUNG

Concept and Data Archive:
WEIDONG YANG

Technology Direction:
SHIH-WEN YOUNG

Data Analytics:
QILIAN YU

Electronic Design: 
BARTEK KLUSEK

Legend:
Top five robotic influencers: IV Bags
Lights that fade: true human Twitter accounts
Lights that twitch: human Twitter activity ‘infected’ by robotic activity

Number of twitches:

2x: 1st degree infection
3x: 2nd degree infection
4x: 3rd degree infection
5x: 4th degree infection



List of propagating hashtags:

#trump2016
#trump
#tcot (stands for ‘top conservatives’)
#trumptrain
#makeamericagreatagain

This project transforms the 2016 United States Presidential Election Twitter data into a large-scale installation to probe the question of how social media assumes form and dominates the shaping of the future of a nation. The installation recounts Twitter activities of tweets, retweets, and replies using hashtags in support of Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy from February 2016 through the election on November 8, 2016. By articulating major Twitter influencers in this period, uncovering propagation patterns in the data, and differentiating human tweets from AI [artificial intelligence] tweets, the installation exposes the inner mechanisms of a world where true human tweets and tweets generated by Twitter Bots mutually influence each other and propagate inseparably as a combined voice. The installation allows the examination of the machine world infiltration that shifted the generative entropic propagation of social media influence on this U.S. election, and provides a physical space for contemplating the significant challenges social media poses in our understanding of the social fabric and the radical transformation of the ways in which we now relate to each other.

The installation is on a five-minute loop.

Artist Talk: Sunday, Feb. 26, 2-3 PM
Join artists Shih-Wen and Jiayi Young as they discuss their current installation, Presently Untitled, which makes visible the role of social media in the recent Presidential election. Also on hand are two of their collaborators, who made possible the data analysis and archiving of Twitter data.


The artists are grateful for the support provided by Professor Shuguang Cui, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UC Davis.

This project is funded in part by a research grant from the University of California, Davis and the National Science Foundation.

This Pence exhibit is funded in part by Far Western Anthropological Research Group, and the Sacramento Region Community Foundation.

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