◊ Rick Bidlack ◊
A Manner Of Speaking
A Manner of Speaking evolved out of a fascination with linguistics, specifically the various phonemes of which human speech is constructed. Phonemes are the "atoms" of speech, the smallest irreducible units of vocal production. In order to transcribe and study the languages of the world, linguists have created the International Phonetic Alphabet, in which every phoneme is represented by a unique symbol.
In A Manner of Speaking, the phonemes are arranged into eleven groupings:
Six automatons (robots) draw from these collections to create their own playful version of a chat on the back porch. As each phoneme is uttered, its IPA symbol is also displayed. Unlike human speech, the robotsí utterances are rhythmically synchronized, to accentuate their musical qualities.
The photos and videos on this page are from an installation of A Manner of Speaking
A Manner of Speaking is dedicated to linguists everywhere.