We use cookies on our website to make sure you get the most out of your visit. By continuing to view our website without changing your browser settings, we'll assume that you are happy to accept the cookies on our site. Your cookie settings can be changed at any time. Continue

Open seven days a week, 10.00-18.00. Entry to the Museum is free.

Listening Post

Listening Post is currently closed. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Listening Post is a ‘dynamic portrait’ of online communication, displaying uncensored fragments of text, sampled in real-time, from public internet chatrooms and bulletin boards. Artists Mark Hansen and Ben Rubin have divided their work into seven separate ‘scenes’ akin to movements in a symphony. Each scene has its own ‘internal logic’, sifting, filtering and ordering the text fragments in different ways.

By pulling text quotes from thousands of unwitting contributors' postings, Listening Post allows you to experience an extraordinary snapshot of the internet and gain a great sense of the humanity behind the data. The artwork is world renowned as a masterpiece of electronic and contemporary art and a monument to the ways we find to connect with each other and express our identities online.

Disclaimer

Listening Post features uncensored fragments of text from live chatroom data. It may occasionally include content that is unsuitable for children or which some visitors may find offensive. The material is not produced or solicited by the Science Museum, so the Museum is unable to accept responsibility for the nature of the content that the work may extract from these sources.

Listening Post

Listening Post is currently closed
Floor: 1
Open: Permanent
free

Listening Post has been presented to the Science Museum by The Art Fund.