Tweet all about it: Ottawa’s Chinatown goes global

14 May 2010

TWITTER ACTIVATED LIGHT BOXES ON DISPLAY AT ORIENTAL CHARM GIFT SHOP [ 653 SOMERSET ST. W., OTTAWA ] FROM MAY 8 – JUNE 8 2010

Ottawa (Ontario) – You won’t want to miss it! Ottawa’s second annual Chinatown Remixed event is happening Saturday, May 8, from 2-5 p.m.

Walk the streets of Somerset West as you take in dazzling contemporary local art, mixed in with Chinatown’s traditional shops and restaurants.

One of the highlights of this year’s festival is an interactive lighting display by The Latest Artists — Ottawa’s dynamic artistic duo, Andrew and Deborah O’Malley.

The Latest Artists have created Twitter-enabled light boxes. These unique pieces feature custom-built circuits and hand-made acrylic frames.

Using a mobile phone, audiences will be able to interact with the art by sending messages to Twitter (using the hash tag #CTRM).

Thanks to creative custom software, audience messages will be instantly displayed as text scrolling across the lightbox screens. Strobe lights, placed near the boxes, will flash when the message appears, altering audiences their Tweet is coming through.

When no one is sending a Tweet, the light boxes will display scrolling fortune cookie messages, lucky numbers, and animated geometric patterns. Previous Tweets will also be saved and randomly displayed, serving as an archive of audience experiences over the month-long event.

Giving audiences the ability to comment and connect through lighting art with Twitter is a novel interactive experience, providing global reach to the local Chinatown Remixed event.

The Latest Artists’ twitter-enabled light boxes will be on display at the Oriental Charm Gift Shop (located at 653 Somerset Street West) from May 8 – June 8, 2010.

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