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.


Subjective Object (1994); click for an enlargementSubjective Object (1994)

Microcontroller, speech electronics, pencil box; 2x2x4"; 4 oz.

Status: collection of Bruce Bettinger

This is one of the world’s smallest computer-controlled sculptures.

Programmed in the BASIC language, it has a nine word vocabulary, of digitally recorded natural speech.  When the box is opened, the sculpture selects a subject, verb and predicate from the following list and makes an existentialist statement: "I, you, we, they, am, are, think, exist, therefore."

Subjective Object, open; click for an enlargementA few of the deeply significant things it has come up with recently are: "I think, therefore they exist," "You think you exist, therefore I am" and "They are therefore they are."  If the box is left open, the piece will speak when it detects a significant change in light levels, if for example a viewer picks it up, passes their hand over it, or leans over to look inside it.

This piece is battery operated, and rechargeable. The charge lasts for weeks, however. As a freestanding sculpture, this piece is relatively easy to steal.  If exhibited publicly, it must be bolted down or vitrined.


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