News Machine

2013, computer, cell phones, loudspeaker, tape recorder, crt monitor, video camera, antenna, radio, microphone, thermal printer, lighting stands, custom brackets, photo backdrop.
The News Machine sends a user-contributed tweet through a cycle of machine-to-machine translations, mirroring how meaning and message can shift as stories travel through the twenty-four-hour news cycle.

The installation is activated by a participant tweeting to the News Machine's Twitter account, and the text of the tweet is then read out loud via a text-to-speech program through a megaphone. A tape recorder in front of the megaphone records this emission, and translates the audio to text using speech-to-text software.

The resulting text is then displayed on a television monitor. A video camera captures an image of the monitor and processes this image using optical character recognition to extract text. This text is then read out loud by the speech-to-text program via radio, which is recorded by the public address microphone, and translated again into text via the speech-to-text system.

This final result is then printed out alongside the original Twitter message for the visitor to take with them. A log of the responses is also available on Twitter @ColorsMachine

Created for Colors Magazine edition #86, 'Making the News'
Cover Concept Felipe Rocha
Production Mauro Bedoni