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VOICEVocal Aesthetics in Digital Arts and Media$
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Norie Neumark, Ross Gibson, and Theo van Leeuwen

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262013901

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262013901.001.0001

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Media Voices: Beyond Talking Heads

Media Voices: Beyond Talking Heads

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Giselle Beiguelman

The MIT Press

This chapter explores voice and media art within computer networks, with an emphasis on voice and the emergent condition of the networked body in net art, wireless art, and spaces between online and offline networks, or cybrid spaces. It begins with the mechanical voice, as dramatized in films in which computers acquire emotions and a will of their own. The chapter then considers art works that no longer humanize the computer voice and instead highlight how it can emanate from anything such as a room or a book, and yet strongly influence our lives. In this way it offers a vivid perspective on the “hybridization of man and machine” that, although a departure from the traditional scenario, remains powerful. The chapter also analyzes the epistemological implications of the human–machine relationship, mediated by voice command.

Keywords:   voice, media art, computer networks, networked body, net art, wireless art, cybrid spaces, computer voice, human–machine relationship, voice command

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