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Autonomous Objects with Lotte Schwerdtfeger

Autonomous Objects is a series of ceramic sculptural vessels that 'perform' using a digital audio program. Looking into the performance of inanimate beings, liveness and anthropomorphising objects, the work aims to create a humanistic and engaging performance with no human presence or obvious physical movement. When the ceramic objects are taken out of the kiln they produce a 'pinging' sound which is a result of the glaze shrinking over the clay after being fired. Contact microphones are placed on each ceramic which connects to a Pure Data program, via a Raspberry Pi computer, and effects pedals before reaching the speakers. Within Pure Data, each 'ping' triggers a vocal note sample, placing a humanistic quality on the objects performance. The ceramics are specially made to maximise the noise they might make.