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Peter Weibel «Synthesis»
Peter Weibel, «Synthesis», 1967
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 Peter Weibel

A discourse on language, technology and politics. An endless text, a finite model of infinite time. The speaker says 'on', and presses the ON swtich of the magnetophone. Recorded on the magnetophone is an endlessly looped sequence of the word 'off'. The tape says 'off'. The speaker presses the OFF key, then says 'on', and presses the ON key, and so it goes on. The text is carried out until either the magnetophone breaks down or the speaker gives up, exhausted. The speech process as a dialogue between natural and artificial elements, between spontaneity and rules (machines).


Peter Weibel