On a forested mountainside in Washington, a computer voice reads tweets containing the phrase “nobody listens” through a modified bullhorn to an audience of trees. The talking bullhorn is an art installation entitled “Listen and Repeat” by London-based Rachel Knoll.
Social media is used to connect but concurrently serves as a disconnect from social life outside of the virtual world. In Listen and Repeat, a modified megaphone uses text to speech capabilities to recite tweets composed with the tag ‘nobody listens’ from the social media website Twitter. The megaphone has been installed on a mountain in Washington state and dictates tweets to an audience of trees.