CONTROL ROOM interactive installation (2015)

CONTROL ROOM

interactive installation (2015)

CONTROL ROOM is an interactive installation. 

Willing participants line up outside of CONTROL ROOM in a space called WAITING ROOM. WAITING ROOM is separated from CONTROL ROOM by a closed door. There is a speaker in WAITING ROOM piping sound from the inside of CONTROL ROOM; participants can hear bizarre speeches being delivered through the speaker.

Participants are permitted to enter CONTROL ROOM one at a time. Once a participant has entered and the door is shut, they encounter a darkened space with a lit podium. On the podium is a set of headphones, a microphone, and a piece of paper with the following instructions:

PUT ON HEADPHONES

READ TELEPROMPTER

SPEAK INTO MICROPHONE

FOR BEST SPEECH

In front of the podium is a teleprompter that reads: PREPARE FOR SPEECH.

Once a participant has donned the headphones and situated themselves at the podium, text begins to roll on the teleprompter.

As a participant reads the teleprompter text into the microphone, they hear their voice in the headphones between 200 and 350 milliseconds after they have spoken. This results in an experience of delayed auditory feedback, where the participant cannot "successfully" read the teleprompter text due to physical incapability:

As mentioned previously, this speech is broadcast to the WAITING ROOM.

Once the speech has ended, a participant leaves CONTROL ROOM and a new participant enters.