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.


Doublespeak (1996); click for an enlargementDoublespeak (1996)

Computer, speech storage chip, light sensor, steel case;
12x8x4"; 4

status: collection of Byron Cohen

Doublespeak is a two-sided, light-sensitive speech piece.  Viewer movement on either side of the sculpture cast shadows which trigger simultaneous speeches from speakers on each side.  One side says what is expected of it.  The other side says what it 's really thinking.

For example, the chrome side might emit polite, if somewhat forced, laughter while the louvered side says "You fucking piece of shit."

Doublespeak (1996); click for an enlargementThe viewer hears primarily the voice facing them.  Often, they abruptly lean closer to the piece and say "What was that?!"

The piece is designed to be perfectly bilateral, that is, there is a plug socket and power switch on either side.  The owner chooses face to point outward, and so which voice to give primacy to, the social or the private.

Doublespeak requires bright, even lighting, 120v power, and a pedestal or shelf.



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