Like some terrifying scene from Child’s Play, a wall full of possessed bears that shout random updates from the internet in a range of weird accents now exists somewhere in the world. Good. Very good.
The “installation” called TED (Transformations, Emotional Deconstruction) was created by Sean Hathaway and Carlos Severe Marcelin, who took a number of Teddy Ruxpin bears and attached them to what they call the “instantaneous emotional pulse of the internet”, also known as “endless updates about meaningless crap”. The artists (attempt to) explain the idea behind TED:
“TED is a large, wall-based installation consisting of an array of 80 Teddy Ruxpin dolls that speak emotional content gathered from the web via synthetic speech with animated mouths. The speaking of the emotional content is accompanied by one of twenty-four musical vignettes that have been paired to the emotional content being spoken. Each vignette, representing one of twenty-four subtle variants of human emotion, have 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.”
Like the worst kind of hideous, modern day curse, the poor little bears are now forced to spend eternity repeating all of the stupid things we say over and over and over in a mix of American, British and Robot accents.
Pretentious arty types might say it’s beautiful, those behind the project might say it’s some kind of living (well not really) representation of the internet, but all we’ve really learned from TED is that people express different emotions online, and we could have told you that long before Hathaway and Marcelin started gluing possessed bears to their walls.[Via io9]