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   Nell Tenhaaf
Swell
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2003 [colour, 4 min. 48 sec.]
(freestanding aluminum and plexiglass sculpture with LED display and interactive sound by John Kamevaar; electronics by Nick Stedman and programming by Galen Scorer)

Viewers relate emotively to an artificial entity that comes into being through their interaction. Viewers know through electronic sound feedback whether or not the entity, through a conjunction with their own presence, is “alive.” The sound is digitally processed microphone feedback. It is triggered via an ultrasonic sensor when the viewer is about four feet away, and subsequently becomes very loud if one backs off but very quiet if one comes close.
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