Art installation gives flies the power of Twitter

We've posted on David Bowen's interesting installations with houseflies before, when Bowen set up a way for flies to steer themselves around a gallery in a moving sculpture. That project was part science and part art, based on insect flight patterns and other indicators. This time, Bowen has jumped to something even more bizarre: flies that Tweet.

It's true that Bowen's fly colony isn't any smarter than regular flies, so their Tweets aren't the most compelling we've seen. But they're still Tweeting flies. Housed inside an acrylic sphere with a keyboard, the flies land on different keys periodically, tracked by an overhead camera. And after they reach the designated 140 characters, the Tweet is sent in real time.

Check it out @flycolony.

Vimeo, via Design Boom

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