Electronic Sculpture Archive
Bruce Cannon

This site is an archive of my older interactive,  electronic and computer-controlled sculpture.  You can always find out about my latest projects via my gateway, brucecannon.com.


Box With The Sound Of Its Own Critique (1996); click for an enlargementBox With The Sound Of Its Own Critique (1996)

Oak box, speech electronics, microcontroller;
12x14x14"; 10lbs.;

Status: collection of Barclay and Evergreen

A weathered oak box with a patinaed brass plaque on its lid engraved with the title of the piece.  Inside is Box With The Sound Of Its Own Critique detail; click for an enlargementa computer, light sensor and solid-state speech storage chip.

When opened, the box says "The last person who opened this box said," then plays ten seconds of sound.  It then says "What do you think? You have ten seconds, starting now," and records a new sample over the sample taken last time.   It then shuts off and waits for the next person to open it.

This piece is an homage to the great conceptual artist  Robert Morris.  The title refers to his piece piece "Box with the Sound of its own Making," circa 1965.  It is a crude pine box with a tape recorder inside it, playing a loop of the sounds of sawing and hammering recorded during its construction.

It's one of the pieces that taught me that you could think, question and make great art at the same time.


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