Lingoplasty, 2005

Lingoplasty, 2005

Interactive sound installation custom speakers, custom programming, motion tracking webcam, computer modelled templates hand-cut & built from laminated cardboard, steel dimensions variable each pod measures 200 x 200 x 180 cm RE-EXHIBITED LINGOPLASTY_REPLAY, 2005 ANCA Gallery, Canberra 17 – 28 August 2005 MEDIA THE PROGRAM, JJJ ARTS CREW ART’N’SOUL, 2XX COMMUNITY RADIO Lingoplasty is an interactive soundscape composed of two large speaking objects. These objects utter nonsensical language as the viewer moves between them, the space is mapped to their exploration of the environment. This nonsense, or no sense, is taken from children’s nursery rhymes and TV shows. Something we are all exposed to, something that lives in the undercurrent of our conscious mind: the symbology of nonsense teaching us the boundaries of meaning. Nostalgia for the child mind. Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe: All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe. Lewis Carroll (from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872) For some, the human impulse to find meaning in what is actually random or nonsensical is what makes people find luck in coincidence, or believe in omens and divination. This is the pattern recognition of an open mind, sifting signal from noise. A willingness to dream. Teaching a machine to see, the imagination to hear and space to speak. Between the world of language and objects the body rests. The objects in Lingoplasty are machines designed to assemble language according to simple templates of sentence structure, such as: subject, verb, object. By sampling words from sources of popular culture, categorising these words and then randomly...