New Tweave and Old Tweave

Welcome to the new version of Tweave. This is the second version of Tweave and, in many ways, marks a significant departure from the first, but there is also a great deal of continuity.

The previous version of Tweave focused on Twitter. We encouraged people to use Twitter to discuss objects that they were making and to organise those discussions using hashtags. The tweets that formed these conversations were then displayed on our site. We also gathered the tweets from conversations that were peripheral to these discussions. All of the tweets were then used as a basis for an online artwork:  a virtual weave representing the object, the people discussing that object and the other conversations they were having on Twitter. The intention was to explore craft’s role in forming social networks and how this might work online. Unfortunately, we over estimated the scope of the technology and technical problems led us to rethink our ideas.

While working on the first version of Tweave, I had also been working on a project called Twitchr with artist Kathy Hinde. This introduced me to the idea of online sound maps. Kathy’s project turns a Google map into a graphic musical score. These scores can then be played to create a soundscape that combines recordings of bird song and a music box. As part of my work on Twitchr, I accompanied Kathy at the sound:site Sonic Arts Festival and met several people who have now contributed to the Twitchr sound map by uploading their own recordings. Twitchr uses Audioboo which, like Twitter, is a social networking site and I began to see a connection between the online and offline social networks that surrounded the Twitchr project.  In many ways this mirrored what we were trying to explore with Tweave. I started thinking about how we could map the relationship between one maker or act of making with another using sound recordings and maybe create a thread of sounds that formed a loose dialogue or narrative. This thread could include documentation of the act of making alongside opinions, discussions and conversations. This is what led to the creation of this new version of Tweave which, by using sound recordings, marks a departure from the first versions, but retains the focus on social networking.

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