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.


Click for an enlargementContract (1993)

Computer, distance sensor, speech electronics, spikes;
12x12x9"; 5lbs.

Status: collection of David Bermant

This small wall-mounted sculpture measures the viewer's proximity. A female voice speaks phrases which correspond to this distance. These phrases are compliments, declarations of love, admiration and fidelity, progressively more emphatic and effusive as the viewer approaches.  "I love you."  "You're the best."   "We belong together."

At the closest increment of distance this tactic breaks down and the piece says "I wish you were dead."

Click for an enlargementIn the detail, you can see the LEDs indicating viewer distance in feet using the binary number system, and the gold ultrasonic distance sensor disc.  The large chip is a speech storage chip, the smaller chip is the computer.

The sculpture is wall mounted and weighs seven pounds. It has two keyholes ten inches apart for screw or hook hanging. It requires a 120v wall outlet at the floor within ten feet, and at least ten feet of clear space directly in front of the piece. The current drain is negligible.


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