Augmented Materiality Laboratory

Alvaro Cassinelli & Can Liu, 2020

This installation invites people to chat over a table. The words, freed from the speakers, begin a life of their own. Words that are on topic live longer and grow; others die on the the shore, along with particles and pronouns. With time, the table is filled with keywords aligning with the topic and arguments put forward on the table, but the flock can disolve as the conversation goes, and a new semantic kindom emerge.

The work relies on natural language processing (word embedding, semantic and sentiment analysis) using wordkit Python library, and a circular microphone array to locate the speaker (Respeaker Array). A Processing receives the processed data through TCP, and generate the visuals (work flocking, virtual semantic forces).

Exhibition history:

  1. VivaVoce, Can Liu & Alvaro Cassinelli. Comissioned for Art Machines Past & Present exhibition, Curated by Richard Allen and Jeffrey Shaw, Indra and Harry Banga Gallery, CityU Hong Kong, Nov.24 2020 -Feb.21 2021.