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matthias gommel’s “delayed”

two people stand facing each other, wearing headsets wired to the ceiling, speaking and gesturing to one another  in a museum.
Matthias Gommel’s Delayed places two participants in conversation via headsets–except their communications are postponed for five seconds. No instructions are given when you encounter this work; it’s a game of trials and tests and repeats. It’s striking to me that this piece originates from 2002, precisely when it would have registered most strongly around the can-you-hear-me-now ubiquity of mobile phones and their attendant stuttering rhythms. In one way, it’s a work located in that exact year. But in the museum context, like this show at SFMOMA from 2009, they become an additional performance as well.

images via Matthias Gommel.

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  1. Pingback: Delayed: Human-To-Human Intimacy in the Internet of Things | F16 60-223: Intro to Physical Computing

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