You put these words into my mouth
Audio, speakers, MP3 players, cables
You put these words into my mouth on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016
You put these words into my mouth on Sunday, November 13th, 2016
You put these words into my mouth on Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
You put these words into my mouth on Thursday, May 18th, 2017
You put these words into my mouth on Friday, May 26th, 2017
You put these words into my mouth is a body of five sound installations that explores the complexe contemporary dialectic between man and machine and reactualizes the surrealists' practice of the Exquisite Corpse in the post-Internet age.
This project started when, while typing a message on her smartphone, the artist accidentally pressed several consecutive times the predictive text bar on the screen. Kosmatopoulos noticed that through the mechanical gesture of her hand on the screen, the phone had writing “by itself” full sentences following a proper grammatical structure "subject-verb-object". The repetitive quasi-automatic movement she was monotonously performing on her screen was contrasting with the creative text that was digitally composed on the phone - a text mediated by the phone’s artificial intelligence.
In the course of a year, the artist collected several texts produced by the predictive typing functionality of her cellphone. As the virtual machine was learning from her everyday written communications, it was trying to mimic at its best her writing style of the very moment the text was produced. Looking back at the content of these text, she noticed that each of them was echoing the vocabulary she used at that period of the year but also the emotional state and physical space she was in. By adding punctuation to five of the texts, she turned them into poems read in each of the five sound pieces.
2017 WHAT I ALWAYS WANTED TO TELL YOU BUT NEVER DARED | CURATOR: CLÉMENCE MAILLY | PARASOL PROJECTS | NEW YORK, USA