Thomas Heidtmann Studio


2017 | Interactive Object

The piece was originally created for the exhibition “Serious Sparkles. An Inquiry into Artificial Stupidity” during Vorspiel / transmediale & CTM at Lacuna Lab, Berlin, Germany. It consists of two objects located in different spots of the exhibition space.

The first one captures sounds to isolate voices which are then analyzed by several layers of speech recognition. They get synthetically reproduced by a speech synthesizer at the second object. During this process, sentences, words, and meanings get changed, modified or lost.


Inspired by experimental military TV and radio antennas used at the beginning of the 20th century to receive long-distance signals of radio frequencies, the objects consist of a metal antenna-like shaped attachment which sits on top of a wooden tripod. To process the input of the visitor/user, the objects are communicating via WiFi through Raspberry Pi microcomputers which are connected to the internet.

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The piece plays with the modification of our perception of reality and the intellectual correspondence of human minds through artificial intelligence systems. It uses them to create a “Chinese whispers”/telephone game-like experience.