Talking Machines
Talking Machines
Talking Machines
Talking Machines
Talking Machines

Talking Machines

October 2012

More and more the way we communicate and live our daily lives is influenced and led by technology.
Again and again we need to learn how to understand and use the new forms of communication, at the same time we have already started to entrust the technical apparatus and technologies behind them to interpret information.
What happens when we transfer the crucial part of a communication flow to ma- chines and let them filter and steer it?
Sure „someone is getting the donuts“ – but who?

„Talking Machines“ takes this issue up and calls for the interpretation of the ob- server.
A recording of John F. Kennedy‘s speech from the “Cuba Missile Crisis”, which was recorded in an endless loop, interpreted and given out by a speech module, is used as a starting point of the installation. The text develops iteratively, similarly to the game „Chinese whispers“. In the conflict of a permanent deconstruction between announcement and interpretation, an absurd, almost philosophical word braid is being developed.
On the flowing, constantly reforming speech, another technical procedure is ap- plied. A real-time computer-based Sentiment analysis figures out the emotional development of each newly created text section. This course is documented on a scale of +10 to -10 by a drum recorder- first of all digitally and then analogically. The interpretation of the conversation on an emotion level adds on a very human touch to the „machinery texts“.
Just as the text becomes more and more abstract to the observer, fragments in it seem to make the meaning more recognisable. With the emotional evaluation of these texts, a measure is applied that is not applicable as an so called orientation for people on machines „produced“ texts but that can nevertheless open a further assessment dimension.