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

Microcontroller, speech electronics, oak and brass box;
8x12x8"; 5lbs.

Status: collection of Rene Di Rosa

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

Subjective Object III 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."

This piece was shown as a part of the recent LA County Museum of Art exhibition Ports of Entry: William S. Burroughs and the Arts, because of its use of the concatenation of speech fragments, related to Burrough's pioneering cutups. It can now be viewed at the Di Rosa Preserve north of San Francisco.

The sculpture can rest on a low shelf or pedestal, requires a reasonable amount of light and 120v power.


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