Conversation Piece 2008
Installation view Montevideo/TimeBasedArts 2008. Wood, metal, wire, electronics, speakers, amplifier and computer.
Performative storytelling machine, consisting out of the components of 14 classical organs. Each of the 550 keys is connected to an audiofile. When a key is pressed, a short sentence is pronounced through the speakers, in either a male or a female voice. The sentences deal with topics ranging from politics to philosophy, art history and more personal reflections on the experience of everyday life. The sentences have been written in such a way as to be linguistically interchangeable. The maschine can be thus used to either compose everchanging stories or to generate a conversation between the two voices.
Thanks to the support of Montevideo (NL), Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten (NL), Kees Reedijk and Pieter Lammers. Collection Allard and Natascha Jakobs, Amsterdam, NL.