In Conversation

From Rhizome Artbase
1997
Description

In this installation, passers-by encountered an animated mouth projected onto the pavement and, through loudspeakers, could hear voices triggered by internet users trying to strike up a conversation. A concealed microphone and surveillance camera transmitted the pedestrians' responses to the artwork website via live video stream. In Conversation aims to examine the boundaries and social customs of distinctly different kinds of public spaces—the street and the internet—each with its own established rules of engagement.

Rhizome staff
2021

What would you do if a mouth on the sidewalk started to talk to you? In this online/street installation, users viewed people on the street with a surveillance camera and typed messages to them which were converted into speech and heard by the passers-by.

Susan Collins
9 November 2000

A www/street intervention. When live and located, "In Conversation" provides the means for two people, one in the street or gallery, and one on the Internet to engage in a live dialogue with each other. The work aims to examine the boundaries and social customs of distinctly different kinds of public spaces - the street and the Internet - each with its own established rules of engagement.

Susan Collins
9 November 2000
Legacy descriptive tags
Encoded Identities, In Conversation, Amsterdam, Espoo, Finland, Otso Gallery, Oude Kerk, Susan Collins, british council berlin, avatar, chapter arts centre, fabrica gallery, channel, BN1, lighthouse, brighton
Attribution: Susan Collins
Interact, Installation, Identity, Globalization, Documentary, Digital, Desire, Community, Broadcast, Access, Internet, Java, Net.art, Network, Participatory, Performance, Perl, Public Space, RealPlayer, Social Space, Surveillance, Telematic, Text, Utopia, Video, Visual
Attribution: Rhizome staff
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Variant History
outside link
1997
open submission
9 November 2000
Susan Collins
static files