Together with Interfaces Desobedientes, this workshop tries to examine how commercial communication platforms can be re-appropriated and used for political action in public spaces.
During the workshop, participants learn how to program simple objects to react to different types of social media traffic. From a megaphone that shouts messages marked with a specific Twitter hashtag, to computer monitors that display poetry made up of words and images from Instagram streams.
4 x 5-hour days
Linux, RaspberryPi, Python, Pygame, APIs
Summary of activities:
Introduction to Linux and Python.
How to scrape data from social networks.
Output design and deployment.
No prior knowledge of programming is required. The only prerequisites are: an interest in experimental uses of technology, and patience.
1x 5V power supply (at least 2A)
1x 8GB SD card
1x USB WiFi dongle