Inflated Egos

Inflated Egos is an installation built by IsThisGood? and a collaboration of other talented individuals, based on an idea by Katy Hopkins and Steve Hawthorne. It visualises the popularity of the leaders of the seven main political parties in the run up to the 2015 General Election.

Using sentiment analysis of Twitter activity, the installation inflates and deflates a series of balloons that represent the heads of the political leaders. If tweets about them are positive and plentiful, their heads will expand. If tweets are negative and few, their heads will deflate.

This will allow us to see who the big heads are and who is feeling a bit deflated throughout the election, acting as a new type of swingometer.

The installation will be at the Hoxton Gallery, 9 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch on the 4th and 5th of May and in the window of Partizan, 40-42 Lexington Street, Soho from 6th – 9th May.





Full credit list:
Hardware and physical build by Dave Cranmer and software by Will Gallia. Additional physical build by Katy Hopkins, Maz Staruch, Jamie Durand and Justin Pentecost. Film shot by Dan Lowe and Jamie Durand, edited by Dan Lowe. Grade by Simone Grattarola at Time Based Arts. Sound recorded by Andy Hewitson, audio post by Nigel Manington at String and Tins.

Based on an idea by Steve Hawthorne and Katy Hopkins.

Thanks to George McLeod for helping the penny to drop.
Thanks to Partizan for helping with the shoot.
Thanks to Time Based Arts and String and Tins for help with post.