Demo Hour

DEMO HOUR: Colloquy 2018 Project

Issue: XXVII.1 January - February 2020
Page: 10
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T.J. McLeish, Paul Pangaro

Colloquy 2018 is a full-scale replica of Gordon Pask's Colloquy of Mobiles. This historic work first appeared at the storied Cybernetic Serendipity exhibition in London in 1968. Colloquy represents a pivotal moment in interaction design and interactive art. Male and female mobiles converse with each other and with humans to express desire, competition, and satisfaction. They do so with delight and humor. The organic and analog forms provoke new answers to today's pressing question: What do we want from conversations with machines? The work will be shown at Centre Pompidou in Paris as part of their Brain Simulated Intelligence exhibition, opening February 26, 2020.

Publication: Pangaro, P. and McLeish, T.J. Colloquy of Mobiles 2018 project. AISB 2018 Symposium: Cybernetic Serendipity Reimagined. AISB, 2018;

T.J. McLeish
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Paul Pangaro, Carnegie Mellon University
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ins05.gif The full Colloquy 2018 replica. Three female mobiles and two male mobiles engaging in machine—machine conversation.

ins06.gif The Colloquy 2018 replica looks and behaves like Gordon Pask's original, exhibited at London's Institute for Contemporary Arts in London, 1968.