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.


Cask (1995); click for an enlargementCask (1995)

Oak wine barrel, computer, LCD display;
22x15x15"; 15lbs.

Status: available

Cask is a metaphoric model of the primordial soup.  This electronic, time based sculpture is developing the capacity for speech over a period of many years.

At its inception, the LCD screen in the bottom of the barrel was mostly blank, with occasional random characters flashing here and there.  Over the past year, the incidence of characters has increased.  At this time there is frequent random activity on the screen, a kind of textual noise.

Soon, recognizable strings of letters will emerge.  At the peak of its activity, in about seven more years, the sculpture will be constructing complete sentences from its nine word vocabulary (I, you, we, they, am, are, think, exist, therefore).  These will be random variations on Cogito ergo sum; for example, "I think, therefore they exist," "You think you exist, therefore I am" and "They are therefore they think."  

Later, it will begin to lose this speech capacity, eventually devolving to noise.   It will then begin the cycle again.


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