A little bit background information about it. I am doing a research on the Chinese censorship, which has been commonly known as site blocking. Based on my own experience, I feel like it is more than that. You actually can not tell why silent voilent it is unless you've experienced it. It takes away the rights of being informed and informing by filtering content and sending warn messages to individuals saying " Your account's been deleted/suspended, because we found that what you just posted contains sensitive terms. " and you never know what exactly are the so-called "sensitive terms" .
So the installation aims to enhance the social awareness by mirroring the frustrating experience to people who have never experienced. Audiences will be accessed Twitter (a metaphor of one of the most important daily news sources) with some of the tweets covered by un-movable black bars and all "tweet" "retweet" "copy&paste" , "enter","reply"....will be diable. Since the Internet has no room for the filtered contents, the tangible materials do, like paper. Paper has been the main medium for store information for thousands of years, and a receipt paper is a symbol of consumption, that's why the I need the printer for sure.
I would like to have the audience feel even though the computer is connecting to the Internet, but it is not working like it is supposed to be. It ignores most of the actions that the audience do and just splits out an analog warning msg - OK. I know you did something, but since you're not allowed to this here, we just ignored.
So the realtime printed out paper will be full of the warning information.
I dont know if it could make sense to you, I just settled down the idea and am moving on the technical part. Open to any suggestion.