Megan Smith and Pst! Tweeting in Physical Space

Megan Smith, an artist with an interest in the intersection of physical and virtual places, continues to do interesting things:

Pst! is the surreptitious beckoning of attention and the acronym for Physical Space Tweets. It is a small storyteller installed in public space giving an audience a glimpse into a geo-tagged community’s topic feed. For the Leeds Pavillion at Mediamatic’s Amsterdam Biennale 2009 Pst! chronicled life in Leeds through it’s twitter feed.

The piece locates a public social narrative by pulling an information feed from Twitter User profiles geographically aligned to Leeds with Twitter’s geocode API and then prints this information onto a mini LCD screen. By removing the peripheral of the computer a Pst! device can be placed in a non-space providing a window directly into a geo-located public space.

I can’t embed the Vimeo film into, so visit the Vimeo Page to see it in action. Megan’s work is mentioned in the Guardian’s Leeds edition; Megan blogs at

I could imagine installing one of these at say a heritage site, pulling all tweets that mention the site onto the display – or perhaps pulling the latest research on the site, to the site, for public consumption…. hmmm!

5 thoughts on “Megan Smith and Pst! Tweeting in Physical Space

  1. Hi Megan,
    Hosted blogs on are stripped of embed codes, except in certain supported cases – but your blog is on its own domain, so that’s the difference :)

    What are your thoughts on Pst! in terms of historic places? Good idea, bad idea?

    1. Good idea, but it would have to be adapted a bit. I could format the code so that it searches for specific subjects or names. However, unless it was a very popular site it may not get much coverage. I have a Pontiac project in formation though based on the DoGoSee project. I’ll be in touch regarding this soon.

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