A Physical Twitter Client That Retweets News Stories Based on Brute Strength.


“Marked Territory” is a physical Twitter client in the shape of a typical carnival strength meter. Participants utlize a large mallet to hit a strike zone that drives a typical carnival light meter to a higher level. Each strength level of the meter equals a “Retweet” of different types of Twitter users from the “Marked Terrority” Twitter account. The lower the strength of the user the client retweets childish celebrity gossip tweets such as those from Ashton Kutcher, Ellen Degeneres, and Paula Abdul while the moderate / medium levels retweet sports celebrities such as Lebron James, Serena Williams, and Shaquille O’Neal. The highest leevel of strength on the meter retweets important news stories from all major news networks (CNN, BBC, NBC, ABC, AL Jazeera, etc) such as those regarding international events, breaking news, political announcements, and other world events. Since the project is based on strength, a digital scale is built into the flooring where the user stands to hit the “strike zone” thus compensating for male and female strength differences.


Jonah Brucker-Cohen
Erin Kennedy (for the code)

Exhibitions / Workshops

R.I.P. Workshop

July 15, 2011, Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Center, Banff, Canada.

Follow Marked Territory on Twitter: @mterritory


This early version of the project (.5 Beta) was made with recycled components such as an old pillow, baby swing joints and an airconditioner filter for the striking mallet, and two halfs of a discarded PC with a spring to function as a switch. The next version will more closely resembled the above diagram. This version was created at the R.I.P. workshop at the Banff Centre, in Banff, Canada.


Networked Performance Blog, Tubulence, October 15, 2011.

Photos of Prototype

Installed at the Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Centre, Banff, Canada.

Screen shot of Marked Territory Twitter Account