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T,E.D.: Transformations, Emotional Deconstruction - 2010

Mediums and Methods

Hacked toy bears, Servo controllers, Microcontrollers, PC, Software in c and c#


Portland, Oregon
San Francisco, California
San Marcos, Texas

T,E.D. is a wall-based installation of 80 Teddy Ruxpin dolls relating emotional content gathered from social media via synthetic speech with animated mouths. The narrated emotional content is accompanied by one of twenty-four musical vignettes written by Carlos Severe Marcelin. Each vignette, representing one of twenty-four subtle variants of human emotion, has been composed in such a way that the beginnings and ends of the short pieces will seamlessly dogleg in any possible configuration and stream endlessly as a unified whole. The installation is allowed to drift about freely through the emotional landscape being driven only by those who are contributing content to the piece whether unwittingly or consciously. As such, the overall presentation of the piece can vary greatly due to external conditions such as seasons, world events, and even the time of day. T,E.D was shown in both a full large and smaller installation form at multiple galleries in 2013. In 2013 T,E.D received an editor’s choice award at the Bay Area Makers Faire.

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