Inspiring, novel artwork or a useless, conceited gimmick? Now, this question has been tormenting our minds since we came across the eccentric conception of #TwitterHammer. Touted as an interactive kinetic sculpture, the wall hanged hammer is directly synchronized with the social network -Twitter. So, when anyone posts online with a chosen keyword of #love, the hammer automatically beats the wall with its moving hand.
Contrived by independent artist Pasquale Direse, the contraption follows the clockwise route in making its mark. In simpler terms, the mechanical hand beats on the wall (thus creating some damage), once the machine has received the aforementioned chosen keyword from messages typed from our phones as well as computers. The hammering process follows a circular pattern, which can ultimately result in a symmetrical hole bored in the wall.
In fact, the metaphor of the whole system suggests the 'overcoming' of barriers with the message of love, unity and freedom. According to the designer, this is symbolized by #TwitterHammer's attempt to break down the borders of the hosting exhibition spaces, thus creating the possibility for art to escape out from constrained spaces.
But, what the artist failed to explain was: who is going to finally pay for the hole in the wall! So, at the end of the day, it is up to you to decide if the scope is exclusively creative or just plain hogwash. However, there is one thing that can't be denied; and that is the intrinsic dynamic essence of the whole mechanical sculpture.