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PROUSTMACHINE
PROUSTMACHINE, 1994
computer, dot matrix printer, news feeds of Austria Press Agency, artificial neural network, dimensions variable
software: Peter Riedlsperger
exhibition view Tausch des Öffentlichen, Bregenzer Kunstverein, 1994

For a period of 240 hours, a computer system was installed in the rooms of the Bregenzer Kunstverein, Magazin 4, which was connected to the Austria Press Agency in Vienna via a data line. About every two minutes agency reports were transmitted and processed by an artificial neural network. The neural network was trained by the novel "In Search of Lost Time" by Marcel Proust. The software rewrote the news reports in the linguistic structure of Proust to generate a current novel in realtime as a chronometer of social life. Proust's thesis that we lose time through media consumption was realized under the condition of posthuman authorship. Human reading and machinic writing diverged, generating thousands of pages daily.