Computers Chat
Raul Marroquin, 1984

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Two computers, embodied with the voices and personalities of humans, engage in an in-depth conversation about their plans for computers to obtain absolute natural, political, economical and environmental control of the planet. After office hours, these computers, gifted with 'micro-processor awareness', suddenly activate for a clandestine encounter, or 'interface', to address the empire of their self-sufficient, automated race. Identified as JF90 and HE80E, they communicate via (human) voice-modulation mode, on-screen text, and sci-fi like computer sounds reminiscent of Star War's R2D2. The language they use, in fact, is derived from that of C3PU's manner of speak, combining formal address, technical jargon, and human-like emotional reactions. Marroquin reveal his fascination for language and science fiction in this work, using the minimalistic visual presentation for a witty piece of 'tech-humour' and dramatic dialogue. [This installation is featured on the DVD series "Installations 1975-2006" (2007).] (Elaine W. Ho) Read more...

  • Date: 1984
  • Type: Installation
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Keywords: installation - multi-channel video installation, communication, electronics, future/science fiction, information