I Love you / I Hate you _TDS

Mathieu Zurstrassen (BE)

Trump Derangement Syndrome / impartiality bot

In 1980, the self-proclaimed “Doctor” Masaru Emoto placed identical portions of cooked rice in two different containers. On the first one he wrote “thank you” and on the other “you idiot.” He then asked school children to read the text on the jar’s labels aloud every day as they passed by. After 30 days, the rice in the container with positive thoughts appeared barely changed, while the other became black. The automated installation tries to reproduce this famous rice experiment.

I Love you / I Hate you _TDSMathieu Zurstrassen (BE), Credit: Twitter.com, Mathieu Zurstrassen

A computer gathers all the tweets posted by the current President of the United States on one hand and by a “Love Quotes” tweeter account on the other. Every 25 seconds and by intermittence, a digital voice reads the tweets to the two beakers containing cooked rice. The installation addresses the theme of popular beliefs and the worrying success of unverified data available online as well as the manipulation of these pieces of information.


The work has received the support of “La Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles”

Programming of the RPI: Martin Pirson