Paul Murnaghan runs a gallery of installation art dealing with the emotional intelligence of machines and the relationship between humans and machines:
In one piece, Electric Head by Jeremy Deadman, an old electric razor hangs by its lead from a socket, abandoned in a corner at the end of a long corridor. Its wires are stripped and the razor buzzes weakly every 30 seconds or so.
Soon, however, it becomes clear that the sounds are coming from a person, not the appliance.
“At the end of the sound loop, the sound degenerates suddenly to be exposed as a human — myself — blowing a raspberry,” said Deadman. “The plug socket is fake and the human sound was edited into short bursts to sound more electrical. Hopefully this creates an amusing encounter from one which appeared initially precarious.”
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