Rafael Lozano-Hemmer:

Born 1967 in Mexico City, B.Sc. in Physical Chemistry from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

Mainly uses forms of electronic art to create interactive installations and gallery pieces.

“33 Questions per Minute”

Year of Creation: 2000

A computer program uses grammatical rules to select words from a dictionary and generate questions. These questions are then displayed on 21 different small LCD screens. All the questions are “grammatically correct,” but almost always make little to no sense, (Ex. How badly does it metabolize in order to continue setting funding? Where does he cradle repulsively?).  The questions are displayed at a rate of 33 per minute, “the threshold of legibility,” meaning there is no time for one to reflect before the next question is displayed. The program is capable of generating 55 billion different questions, and if running continuously would take over 3,000 years.  A nice variation of this piece is that viewers can interact with it by typing their own questions to be integrated with the computer-generated ones. This allows for a unique type of interaction that blends the line between program and human. All questions are displayed the same, so there is no way to distinguish between the two. 


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