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Deautomatization of Breakfast Perceptions

Renate Wieser

The article describes an art project consisting of an ‘acoustic breakfast’. Sounds of breakfasting were recorded and transformed in real-time to make communal interactive music. The author identifies the conflict between artists explaining al- gorithmic processes to participants, and the desire for an informal social situation focused on eating and drinking. Ideas from literary theorist Shklovsky are used to discuss automatized perceptions and the interest in defamiliarisation. Was the acoustic breakfast deautomatizing the computational processes? The article also discusses the same issue in relation to live coding.

 

Modified preprint of Chapter 8 in: Alex McLean and Roger T. Dean, (eds.): The Oxford Handbook of Algorithmic Music, Oxford University Press, 2018). 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190226992.013.28
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