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Twitter Gospels

Richardson, Andrew (2013) Twitter Gospels. [Artefact]

Item Type: Artefact


Inspired by the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels to Durham, the Twitter Gospels project is a contemporary digital response to the idea of illuminated lettering and typography

The initial letter of each chapter is computationally ‘illuminated’ by individual twitter comments, as online users post their thoughts and responses to each verse. The words of each tweet are drawn as a single line, which is then used to construct the shape of the initial letter. Data details, such as the time the tweet was posted and the twitter picture of the user, generate other visual elements such as the position, angle and colour of each line. The resultant composition of each initial letter echoes the geometric carpet page design from the original manuscript, and can either be ‘read’ as single infographic or as a collection of individual, personal tweets about the chapter. The text of each verse is computationally rendered according to the twitter data; the size and legibility of the verse text is defined by the amount of tweets each verse has received.

Each page therefore graphically highlights differing levels of online engagement with each chapter and verse which, when collected together, reveal hidden patterns and visual rhythms from within the text. The finished printed volume forms a visual documentation of contemporary responses to each of the Gospels; a visual snapshot from a specific day, revealing a graphical visualisation of the online social engagement with the Gospel text.

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Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2014 10:17
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 09:08


Author: Andrew Richardson

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Institute of Arts and Creative Industries > Art and Design Workstream
Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries > School of Art and Design


Fine Art > New Media

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