reactive architecture installation
Ryerson Image Centre. Toronto, Canada.
with Public Visualization Studio
Every evening in February, the LED façade of the Ryerson Image Centre and Ryerson School of Image Arts building (RIC/IMA) was animated by a blue wave representing wind speed and direction while an intermittent red pulse was triggered by fluctuations in the use of the hashtag #homelessness on Twitter.
By visiting intheairtonight.org people could read and retweet messages from the (@itatonight) Twitter feed or compose their own, and they could watch the building change colours via webcam. They could also donate to various organizations that provide support and advocacy for people experiencing homelessness such as Toronto's Out of The Cold and Raising the Roof. Every message with the hashtag #homelessness amplified the issue online and contributed to a colour change on the building.