Posted by on Nov 27, 2012 in |

This installation consists of 16 suspended cell phones programmed in pairs to recognise speech in German, Spanish, French, English, Italian, Chinese, Latin, and Portuguese.  The devices analyse an uttered word, using this information to select a related term from a dictionary, and encouncing it to pursue ongoing “dialogue”.  Cognates (words that are graphically and phonetically identical or similar, but can differ in meaning) potentially allow communication across languages. Loudspeakers and visualisations on the phone screens allow interactors to hear and see this endless machinic conversation.  A microphone in the center of the installation lets humans enter into direct dialogue with the system, influencing the machinic conversation and perhaps changing the subject.