Spray It Forward 2011

Spray It Forward is a motion-tracking, telepresent pepper spray machine searching Twitter for mentions of anyone getting pepper sprayed at an #OccupyWallSt protest… if an attack is reported it echoes this by spraying anyone in range…
Inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement, Spray It Forward was conceived and built as part of a Data Visualization course in the New Media programme at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University).

When installed in a gallery, the piece scans Twitter for realtime mentions of protesters being pepper-sprayed, and then in turn immediately sprays whoever is within range of the piece as a visceral visualization of events happening elsewhere.

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