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.


Contract II (1995); click for an enlargementContract II (1995)

Computer, distance sensor, speech electronics, iron grate;
12x10x2"; 5lbs.

Status: collection of Rene De Rosa

This sculpture measures the viewer's proximity up to ten feet away. A female voice speaks phrases which correspond to this distance.  These phrases are compliments, declarations of love, admiration and fidelity, spoken almost monotonally.  As the viewer approaches, the piece says "I love you;"  "We belong together;" "You're the best; " etc.

At the closest increment of distance this tactic is abandoned and the piece says "I wish you were dead."  One source for this piece was the Farrah Fawcett TV movie about the abuse victim who defended her husband for years, but finally set him on fire while he slept.

Contract II detail; click for an enlargementThis piece has two keyholes for screw or hook hanging.  It requires a 120v wall outlet at the floor within six feet, and at least fifteen feet of clear space directly in front of the piece.   The current drain is negligible.



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