blow_hot_and_cold is our first piece to manifest itself outside the digital realm, debuted exactly one year before the presidential election day, November 8th 2015. It’s an immersive interactive installation that invites the audience to interact with the work, prompting viewers to take a stance on their political beliefs.
The work consists of a life-size politician mounted to a flagpole and surrounded by eight fans. Each fan represents an opposing political opinion currently dividing the political landscape: gun laws, climate change, health care, and abortion.
Each political issue is represented by two opposing fans, one for and one against. By processing the sentiment of tweets in real-time, the power of each fan rises and falls based on the support that issue receives online. As each issue fluctuates, the politician shifts direction to face the opinion with the strongest support. Visitors are encouraged to interact with the installation by walking between the flag and the fans to disrupt the wind.
Ultimately blow_hot_and_cold explores the relationship of individuals within the political system in the United States, the installation creates a physical space between the virtual swell of opinion and the individual.
More information: http://blowhotandcold.com/