Media Showcase

The Elocuter: I Must Remind You We Live in DADA Times
Fabian Winkler, Shannon McMullen, Purdue University
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The Elocuter is a sonification device that attaches via suction cup to a computer screen. It translates newspaper headlines about the global economic crisis into spoken words, composed of impossible sequences of allophones similar to a Dada poem. The project references poetic experiments of the Dada movement of the 1910/20s, specifically the play with language as a way to respond to a seemingly irrational political and cultural context. Finally, this project can be placed in the history of combining human and machine components into instruments for performance.

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