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.


Smart Art (1991); click for an enlargementSmart Art (1991)

Computer, sensor, speech synthesizer;
24x30x3"; 15lbs.

Status: collection of Paule Anglim

Smart Art is an IBM PC-XT computer with an ultrasonic sensor and a speech synthesizer mounted in an ornate gilt picture frame.  The piece's behavior is the random generation and speech of phrases of art-critical jargon.  Example: "Anonymous artificiality establishes a shift from concrete generality to the particularity of the institutional."

The psychological profile of the piece is pompous, smug, self-important and self-satisfied.  The speech is synthetic, robotic.   My intention was for the piece to appear to be  evaluating or critiquing itself for the edification of the viewer.  Speech is rendered when an object is detected within about six feet of the piece.   Within two feet of the piece, a warning mode is entered and the system increases speech volume and repeats "Please stand away from the artwork!" until the viewer moves away.

Smart Art requires 120v, and ten feet of open space in front of the work.


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