This sad tweet art plays off the old saying “if a tree falls in the woods and nobody hears it, did it really make a sound?” In ‘Listen and Repeat’ by Rachel Knoll, the tree is replaced with depressing social media.
Artist Rachel Knoll started by finding tweets, mostly made by teenagers, complaining about not being listened to. She then had a computer read out the little blurbs and broadcast them into a remote forest.
Some of the things said by this sad tweet art display were “we’re guaranteed the right to free speech but what the hell does it even matter if nobody listens,” “it’s sad that I have to talk to myself all the time cause nobody listens to me at all,” and “nobody listens to a teenager, everyone thinks we should be happy because we are young, they don’t see the wars we fight every day.”
The common theme in all of these sad cries for attention is the phrase ‘nobody listens’ which is repeated over and over again. The melancholy social media mixed with the sounds of rain in the forest are very haunting.