answering machine

Leahy, Mark (2014) answering machine. [Performance]

Item Type: Performance
Event Summary: Experimentica 14/Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff /07 Nov 2014
Creators: Leahy, Mark
Abstract / Summary:

For ‘answering machine’ the participants will be invited to text a question, instruction, or statement to the performer. Using an online search engine and text-to-speech software this audience input is converted to an audio stream. It is delivered to the performer via headphones and he speaks as much of the material as he can. New input displaces the question being responded to. A conversation develops as participants respond to what earlier queries have generated.

Struggling to answer, the performer is a mix of oracle and puppet. Operated by the participants who contribute their offerings, a response or reaction is generated in him. His stammers and sputters elicit further prompts from the listeners as he is turned into an automated speaker.

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Date: November 2014
Additional Information: The performance uses software developed with Neil Rose; it was commissioned by Experimentica 14.
Subjects: Writing & Journalism > Creative Writing
Communication > Media > Digital Media
Arts > Fine Art
Performance > Theatre
Depositing User: Mark Leahy
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2015 15:55
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2017 16:06


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