Tumblrweed is empty. A null in the void. A virtual playhead lost in the clouds. An innocent query that has surrendered to the winds, blowing across a digital landscape. Tumblrweed takes its time. This is a long, slow forage, not a harvest. Listless, but willing, it gathers any text, image and video data to hand, like Katamari collecting and growing. A mass of social media, unprovoked and unthought.
What's returned is a real-time digital collage, captured on screen for a fleeting moment before the POI moves on. These stories are without bias or narrative, reflecting a true view of a place, via the traces of digital echoes. So the algorithms are futile: there's no attention to distract. An aim that life-hacks and you'll-never-guess-what-these-celebrities-look-like-nows will never divert. The results are simple: the echo chamber falls silent. The filter bubble is burst.
Tumblrweed represents the intersection between the creative research practices of Jonathan Briggs and Benjamin Hall. They share an interest in the narrative and narrative-less-ness of post-digital data and in presenting this in a new, visually interpretable forms.
Tumblrweed will be 'passing by' the Big Screen at Millennium Square and the Portland Wall at Leeds Beckett University each day, at 12:30 and 5:30 sharing its findings.