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.


Vessel (1994); click for an enlargementVessel (1994)

Computer, display, batteries, silver box;
4x6x4" plus cord and power module; 2 lbs.

Status: available

The first in a series of works which examine the nature of being using duration as a metaphor for mortality, Vessel is a computer controlled device which counts the days since it’s creation.

Vessel (1994); click for an enlargementIf a viewer casts a shadow over the piece, it displays the following message on a small LED display: "I have lived XXXX days." At all other times, a red LED pulses a heartbeat-like pattern.

The Vessel program can never be allowed to stop.  The system uses rechargeable batteries to maintain the program when unplugged for short periods of time (up to about ten days), but if allowed to "die," the system can never be restarted.

If properly maintained, Vessel has a life span of 27 years.


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