What Does It Take?

Interactive video with sound *Collaboration with Marisa Tapper

A monitor or projected screen display the feed from a camera hidden below it and directed towards the viewer. The feed cycles through several forms of distortion intended to convey a digitisation of the viewer by the machine. A robotic voice drones out the inner monologue of a computer consciousness as it tries to figure out the world around it. The monologue orates a narrative alluding to the machine’s arrogance and subtle disdain for the human race. The machine however, is also lonely and seems to crave interaction with the audience. The piece is intended to highlight our projected anthropomorphisation of machines throughout modern era, but especially in the face of growing interest in artificial intelligence and virtual assistants.