Prix Ars Electronica/Cinco Variaciones

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Prix Ars Electronica 2013 - Award of Distinction / Hybrid Art

The conceptual axis of the project Five Variations of Phonic Circumstances and a Pause is rooted in poetic actions regarding machines, language, codification and the audible texture of narration. Each work, in its singularity, positions itself as an organ forming part of a larger complex system: a discourse surrounding the culture of listening—the audible, acoustic technologies, the gesticulation of narration, the audible texture of the voice. In speaking of “poetic actions in regard to machines,” I am referring to variations that occur through phenomena such as the codification of language, the encryption of the orality of the expression in particular circumstances, involving the innovation of machines and the functions of specific devices, tensing the voice that narrates as much as the systems that listens. The narrative behind each one of these speaking machines and listening systems is found in the link they share with the genealogy of automatons and a desire implied in an archeology of science fiction. 

 

The machines of Five Variations of Phonic Circumstances and a Pause are constituted as mechanisms whose particular use is processing sounds or, more precisely, phonic circumstances.  Each of them contains and expands a type of imaginary associated with machines, instruments and specific technologies whose sonorous/phonetic quality is exposed to one of the eponymous variations. 

The machines’ goal is to translate and interpret sound events—noises, orality, readings, narrations, murmurs, secrets, music—by changing them from one phonic register to another, transmuting them into text and code. These devices lie somewhere between science fiction, Victorian steam technology and the latest artificial-intelligence and speech recognition technologies. The five variations refer constantly to a number of communications model and format transformations, which create tension in the relationship between scientific knowledge and the human factor and additionally emphasize the dislocation experience present in the contemporary media’s expansive range.

 

Credits:
Curator: Karla Jasso. Laboratorio Arte Alameda.