The full title is “If I wrote you a love letter would you write back? (and thousands of other questions.) “A Thousand Questions” was created by Winnie Soon and Helen Pritchard. It was first commissioned at the Microwave International New Media Arts Festival 2012 in Hong Kong. It was an exhibit that provided listeners with an endless set of unanswered queries programmed to be pulled from Twitter using the keyword search “?” The idea was derived from the 1950s when love letters started appearing at Manchester University’s Computer Department’s
In the exhibit, listeners are encouraged to put on headphones and become immersed in the live time questions flowing through the headsets. It touches on the idea of the human inhumane poetics using both computerized and human writings. Questions are pulled from Twitter using the key character “?” They are then programmed to be put into a continuous flow of questions then presented through a computerized voice. These human written questions published originally to a social media platform are then manipulated and generated into one loop.
There are thousands of questions and the order in which they stream through the headsets is unique to the twenty-one listeners the exhibit allows for. It’s medium is installation. The visual-audio installation piece collects tweets and transcribes them into questions and characters.