By Sean Hathaway with music by Carlos Severe Marcelin
TED is a large, wall-based installation consisting of an array of 80 Teddy Ruxpin dolls that speak emotional content gathered from the web via synthetic speech with animated mouths. The speaking of the emotional content is accompanied by one of twenty-four musical vignettes that have been paired to the emotional content being spoken. Each vignette, representing one of twenty-four subtle variants of human emotion, have been composed in such a way that the beginnings and ends of the short pieces will seamlessly dogleg in any possible configuration and stream endlessly as a unified whole. The installation is allowed to drift about freely through the emotional landscape being driven only by those who are contributing content to the piece whether unwittingly or consciously. As such the overall presentation of the piece can vary greatly based on external conditions such as seasons, world events and even time of day. The piece is essentially taking the instantaneous emotional pulse of the internet and this collective pulse, like a human pulse, varies over time.
October 2009 - Luke Norby's Gallery, Portland, Oregon.
January 2013 - Byte Me II, AFRU Gallery, Portland, Oregon.
April 2013 - Bay Area Maker Faire, San Mateo, California.
September 2013 - University of Texas, San Marcos, Texas.
email Carlos if you are interested in showing T,E.D. at your gallery.