Our first visit to Boston Tent City on 17th of October 2011.
Project Outline – Networked Cultures – Caleb Harper
1) Speaking Animal
a) A prosthetic for releasing our inner animal
i) Our “inner animal” is a common voice that is not subject to local, regional or global context. It is the true common voice that breaks down invisible dividing lines of class, religion, morality, culture, race, gender, education and geographic location
ii) Utilizing anonymity as a tool for expressing the innate animalistic qualities of being human that are often socially unacceptable or in opposition to prevalent social moralities or culture
iii) By “releasing the inner animal” it will serve to both unite and provoke. It will unite those that encounter the device by hearing messages that are relevant to everyone and provoke others to step out of the “herd” imbuing them with confidence to speak their inner animal and spark spontaneous physical interactions with others
iv) In a world of ever increasing virtual connectedness we face a critical lack of development of physical connectedness
(1) Tweeting, Blogging and face-booking facilitate building virtual relationships and allow the freedom to virtually “become animal” but only to others that are in our sphere of influence and provide for far greater silence in the physical world
i) The device is to be worn by a person in a public space
ii) The prosthetic will replace the users mouth and will speak messages of an unknown digital origin
iii) By displacing anonymity with an anonymous voice attached to a physical body messages are innately more “human” and associated with a physical person
iv) The physical person experiences the “freedom” of speaking out in public
v) The anonymous user experiences a physical public outlet
vi) The community gains a deeper insight in the collective thoughts of “animals” in their community
3) Research Objectives
i) The manifestation of the physical digital human
ii) Creating physical connectedness at a local, region and/or global level
(a) Test site -Roxbury
1. www.roxburyspeaks.com – creating a digital interface for the Roxbury community to enter messages to be disseminated in the public spaces
2. 10 Speaking animal prototypes deployed and traded among random members of the community
3. Anticipated interaction areas – homes, schools, subways, public green spaces, sidewalks, etc.
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