This is my first artwork in situ I produced for the ICART Media Festival – now named Les Chambres Numériques.
The installation is made of 23 computers where a program is running using Processing and SuperCollider. The interactive protocol is simple: the spectator had to face the computer to listen to its speaking. If he/she looked away, the monologue immediately stopped. Every computer had its own sentence to speak – you can hear some of them below.
Those voices have a recognizable computer-ish tone, yet they contrast with an hint of realism. It was a way to personify the computers, almost as if they could finally voice their thoughts. This artwork will definitely be outdated in a few years – yet is the mark of the era we are in today: A.I is growing tremendously but still shows its limits. The contrast then heard is a way to portray those limits, with the computer’s voices sounding like they are struggling to speak in a normal way, and truly gain their supposed autonomy.
My aim was to create an immersive yet soothing experience, where the spectator had to take his/her time to engage with the unknown.