Every Minute Counts
Conall McAteer

What if instead of the current electoral system - voting for 4 year terms and having little to no say over policies enacted - the public were able to impact political decisions in real-time.

Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union on 29th March 2019. During the two years since the referendum popular opinion has swayed on this decision. The British public split between the demand for a new referendum and a stoicism to leave the EU no matter the consequences.

Utilising the social media platform Twitter, Every Minute Counts will gauge the swing of public opinion to leave or remain. Scraping the platform for keywords, collating the results and re-presenting them as a proportional colour gradient between those who desire to leave (red) and those who would vote to remain (blue). Every Minute Counts will run for the 41,760 minutes of March leading up to Britain’s exit. Refreshing every 60 seconds it will illustrate the British public’s shifting decision in real-time.

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Conall McAteer is a visual artist based in London. His practice explores the intersection between the digital and the tangible. Considering technology’s increasing application, he investigates the potential, limitations and complications of the virtual in relation to the politics and conventions of the real.