Fly Colony Captures the Messages of Buzzing Flies on the Internet

By: Gil Haddi - Published: Apr 18, 2013 • References: dwbowen & iainclaridge
Artist David Bowen wanted to know what flies on the Internet would have to say for themselves so he set up a large fly colony with a keyboard connected up to the Twitter account @flycolony.

Apparently they have plenty to buzz about because the tweets get updated constantly and the account has over 3,500 followers who enjoy interacting with the insect world. Every time a fly lands on a letter or symbol, it is recorded and then published whenever 140 characters are reached or the 'ENTER' button gets hit.

Hooked up to such a massive media outlet, this art project exists far beyond the room in which the colony is located. Anyone with Twitter can follow these flies on the Internet. Stats for Interactive Insect Installations Trending: Older & Chilly
Research: 377 clicks in 162 w
Interest: 0.5 minutes
Concept: Flies On The Internet
Related: 82 examples / 63 photos
Segment: Neutral, 4-55
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