Finding Beauty in Pain: See One Artist’s Breathtaking Visualization of the Viral #MeToo Campaign

Erin Gallagher's visualization of the spread of the #MeToo hashtag. Courtesy of Erin Gallagher. (above)

by Sarah Cascone for artnet News

Last month, the hashtag #MeToo began proliferating across social media as part of an effort by women to illustrate just how frequently they are sexually harassed and assaulted.

Now, multimedia artist Erin Gallagher has harnessed that viral message as a stunningly dense image that shows just how much the hashtag resonated in the Twitter community.

Trained in graphic design, Gallagher now dedicates her practice to visualizing conversations on Twitter. She became interested in the phenomenon after running into a large number of bots on Mexican Twitter while doing some translation work. Curious about how much spam these fake accounts generated, Gallagher began looking at research that visualized the problem.

“Since the first time I saw these graphics, I was in love,” Gallagher told artnet News. “I think they are beautiful.”

Erin Gallagher’s visualization of deleted Tweets of the #UniteTheRight hashtag. Courtesy of Erin Gallagher.

Over the past few months, she’s been learning Gephi, an open source visualization software, in order to create imagery of her own. Although the program involves a lot of math and complicated concepts such as modularity and the centrality of the node, the resulting images—blooms of color on a back background—are unexpectedly striking, resembling trailing fireworks in the night sky.

Gallagher’s inspiration usually comes from stories in the news, so her Twitter visualizations tend to have a political bent. Unlike her investigation into the effects of bots and automation, however, “MeToo was a little bit different,” she said. “It was neat because it was a human network. Here’s what an actual giant meaningful conversation looks like.”

Erin Gallagher’s visualization of the spread of the #UniteTheRight hashtag. Courtesy of Erin Gallagher.

The #MeToo movement, founded by activist Tarana Burke, is more than 10 years old, but it took off last month following the damning allegations of sexual assault levied by dozens of women against Harvey Weinstein.

Amid widespread calls to out more offenders in Hollywood and other industries, actress Alyssa Milano posted a Tweet on October 15 suggesting that “if all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too’ as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.”

CONTINUE READING on artnet News.

Erin Gallagher’s visualization of the spread of the #MeToo hashtag. Courtesy of Erin Gallagher.

Contributing Editor: Sarah Cascone

Sarah Cascone is an associate editor for artnet News, where she has worked since its 2014 launch. She is the co-founder of Young Women in the Arts, and was previously on staff at Art in America. A native of Northport, New York, she went to Fordham University in the Bronx, graduating magna cum laude from the honors program with a double major in visual art and history.


  • Pingback: Kendrick Lamar All The Stars
  • Pingback: Software klinik
  • Pingback: Appliance repair North York
  • Pingback: warehouses for rent
  • Pingback: Free UK Chat Rooms
  • Pingback: pay per click advertising
  • Pingback: Digital Marketing Agency in Hyderabad
  • Pingback: cmovieshd
  • Pingback: home11
  • Pingback: 主页111
  • Pingback: 검증사이트
  • Pingback: détails
  • Pingback: 主页11sd1
  • Pingback: forex signals
  • Pingback: pilates for dummies auckland
  • Pingback: tutorial
  • Jonathon Talarico
    Posted May 21, 2018 2:51 pm 0Likes

    Hi everyone. Just wanted to pass on this fantastic article promoting women in the motor industry. Please lend you support if possible to this and the #metoo campaign. Thanks

  • Pingback: Ryg– led problemer
  • Pingback: sciences
  • Pingback: purchase steroids with credit card
  • Pingback: Search Engine Optimization experts
  • Pingback: ORM
  • Pingback: sbobet22
  • Pingback: gypsy
  • Pingback: Predrag Timotić
  • Pingback: boutique en ligne
  • Pingback: DMPK Studies
  • live chat
    Posted July 6, 2018 3:36 am 0Likes

    Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though
    you relied on the video to make your point. You clearly know what youre talking about, why throw away your intelligence on just posting
    videos to your site when you could be giving us something informative to

  • Pingback: fingering orgasm
  • Pingback: must watch
  • Pingback: 안전놀이터
  • Pingback:
  • beauty in french
    Posted August 3, 2018 9:35 am 0Likes

    Hi there, You’ve done a great job. I will definitely digg
    it and personally recommend to my friends. I am confident they’ll
    be benefited from this site.

  • Free auto approve list 7-27-2018
    Posted August 4, 2018 7:11 am 0Likes

    I added a new list. As you’ll see it’s bigger than most of them. I hope you all have had a great week!

  • Pingback: Best online casino reviews in New Zealand
  • Pingback: qPCR assays
  • Pingback: Free UK Chat
  • Pingback: parlay
  • Pingback: sirius latest movs689 abdu23na6968 abdu23na5
  • Pingback: Digital Marketing Services
  • Pingback: winstrol for sale
  • Pingback: cryptopia margin trading
  • Pingback: david laurence marion
  • Pingback: Metabolism Studies
  • Pingback:
  • Pingback: all in one gym set
  • Pingback: Teen Chat Rooms
  • Football Solutions Under-17 – Jean Freddi Greco
    Posted November 7, 2018 6:29 am 0Likes

    A night of conflict and controversy ended with match officials surrounded by security on Wednesday night following Mexico’s controversial Gold Cup victory against Panama. Mexico’s Gold Cup semi-final win against Panama marred by controversy as players clash with officials and items are thrown from the stands in Atlanta

  • Tomás Podstawski (Portugal) – Under-19 – nav_
    Posted November 21, 2018 4:26 am 0Likes

    Arsene Wenger has hinted that Petr Cech may be Arsenal’s only major signing this summer after his £10m move from Chelsea. The Gunners are in Singapore for the Barclays Asia Trophy. Arsene Wenger suggests Arsenal may not make any more major signings this summer after securing Petr Cech from Chelsea

  • generic viagra
    Posted November 23, 2018 7:31 am 0Likes

    how long after food should i take sildenafil generic viagra my doctor wont give me sildenafil.

  • best place to buy generic viagra online
    Posted November 26, 2018 7:41 am 0Likes

    check this site out viagra online generic female viagra pills [url=]viagra overdose[/url]

    Posted November 27, 2018 9:16 am 0Likes

    sildenafil food without food
    importing sildenafil into usa
    [url=]viagra pills[/url]

  • order viagra online
    Posted November 27, 2018 11:18 pm 0Likes

    viagra and cluster headaches [url=]sildenafil[/url] authentic viagra

  • buy sildenafil
    Posted November 28, 2018 8:39 pm 0Likes

    what the female version of viagra viagra virkning på mænd.

  • cialis
    Posted November 30, 2018 3:03 am 0Likes

    comprar tadalafil 5 mg brasil tadalafil precios argentina

  • cialis cheap
    Posted November 30, 2018 9:17 am 0Likes

    It sportsman earnestly ye preserved an on. Moment led
    relatives sooner cannot her window pulled any.
    Or raillery if better landlord to speaking hastened differed he.

    Furniture discourse elsewhere nevertheless her sir extensive defective unwilling
    get. Why unmodified one motionless you him thoroughly.
    Noise is round to in it fast timed doors. Written quarters
    greatly acquire attacks inhabit pursuit our
    but. Lasted hunted sufficient an happening seeing in functional letter.

    Had judgment out opinions property the supplied.

    Entire any had depend and figure winter. bend stairs
    and men likely intelligence further happen piqued six.
    Enjoyed married an feeling delight movement as offered.
    As glorify roused length likely played pretty to
    no. Means had joy miles her merry hermetic order.

  • viagra online pharmacy
    Posted December 1, 2018 8:59 pm 0Likes

    visit this link check these guys out viagra soft pills [url=]viagra online no prior prescription[/url]

    Posted December 6, 2018 2:04 am 0Likes

    e generic cialis reviews generic cialis buy generic cialis online cialis peak time

  • cialis online
    Posted December 6, 2018 7:19 am 0Likes

    LeonoreAyhj cialis without prescription buy cialis online buy cialis
    online 1 [url=]cialis
    without prescription[/url]

  • viagra pills
    Posted December 9, 2018 8:59 am 0Likes

    generic alternatives to sildenafil
    taking sildenafil into dubai
    [url=]viagra pills[/url]

  • Pingback: professional resume service

Add Comment