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FABULOUS POETS WILL SLEEP WITH YOU IN THE FACTORIES.

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YOU WILL AESTHETICALLY EMBRACE THIS PAGAN ODDITY.impersonatorTHING THREATENS GIRLFRIEND. A NARRATIVE OF PRIDE.

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WE'RE HERE TO TEACH YOU HOW TO GET OFF EASY. SHALL WE?

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VIABLE WITNESSES APPEARED IN THE STARS. YEAH.impersonatorWELCOME TO THE AERIAL LIBRARY OF DESPAIR.

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THIS SIGN IS CONCERNED WITH POVERTY IN OUR COUNTRY.


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2002

This is an interactive computer piece that invents and writes a new line of text and displays it on a mechanical "flip-disk" sign (like ones in train stations) everytime someone enters the building through the main doorway, activated by a contact in the door. The computer that runs the sign contains a text-generating program with grammar rules and a lexicon programmed by the artist.

The programming strategy was to use a large number of syntactical structures as templates, and, for each sentence, choose from them randomly and then choose every word in the template randomly from a large lexicon. This provides sentences that are coherent, often funny, and never the same. Every sentence is a new one, written by the computer.

Public art for the Instructional Technology Center, Santa Fe Community College Commissioned by New Mexico Arts.

10"X9.5'X10" steel, electronics, language generating program written by Janet Zweig using software developed by Jonathan Meyer.

Here are some of the sentences it wrote during its first few days:

YOU WILL AESTHETICALLY EMBRACE THIS PAGAN ODDITY.

WAS OUR SLEEP NOURISHED BY DELUSION OR DESPAIR?

CASH TURNS AROUND BECAUSE THEY HAVE ABANDONED WORDS.

YOU ARE NOW ENTERING THE SUPERMARKET OF TOLERANCE.

THING THREATENS GIRLFRIEND. A NARRATIVE OF PRIDE.

WHAT IF FORENSIC EXPERTS WERE TO RISK EVERYTHING?

HYSTERIA, HONEY, IS SO GENUINELY TRANSPARENT.

IT'S PERKY, THIS DIPSTICK, YES OR NO?

I REFUSE TO BE ALIVE IN SPITE OF YOUR PATIENCE.

ARE WE ALL THINKING OF SELF-DESTRUCTIVE NYMPHS?

VIABLE WITNESSES APPEARED IN THE STARS. YEAH.

WE COULD CLAIM THE EDIBLE CHARITY IN THIS PLACE.

WHAT FORMS THE CORPORATE? SCANDALOUS CAUSES.

RELIGION CHANGES BECAUSE WE WANT ABRASIVE TOPICS.

FABULOUS POETS WILL SLEEP WITH YOU IN THE FACTORIES.

IT'S LIKE A FETISH DETONATED BY A TOPLESS COMMENTATOR.

THERE MIGHT BE A TRUE-BLUE ALGORITHM AHEAD OF YOU.

WELCOME ABOARD THE TRANSIENT VIRUS OF MARRIAGE.

SOON, COLLIES WILL WALK ARM IN ARM WITH SCIENTISTS.

FILL IT UP ON THE MAGNETIC BYWAYS.

THIS SIGN IS CONCERNED WITH POVERTY IN OUR COUNTRY.

THANK YOU FOR NOT COOPERATING.

MOVE SLOWLY TOWARD THE RESERVOIR OF ERROR.

ASK ME TO TELL YOU ABOUT GERTRUDE STEIN.

UNDER THE DUNES, THE LUDDITE AND HIS NUT WERE HIDDEN.

PLEASE GIVE NORBERT WEINER SOME NAUGHTY SCHNAUZERS.

WHAT IF THOSE ARTY TYPES WERE TO FALL IN LOVE?

I'M IN HERE. I'M ALIVE. TRUST ME.

SHE PONDERED SOMEONE ELSE'S CONSTRUCTS. SHE'S ABHORENT.

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