Meet the interactive light and sound installation NORMAN – an old school ‘smart’ screen but with attitude. The work is an artistic simulation of the behaviours you might encounter now from an ‘intelligent’ machine built to explore human-computer interaction as conceived in the late 1960s. NORMAN feels somewhat threatened and undermined by advances in modern technology – its questionable antics might be understood as the response of an ‘intelligent’ machine in crisis.
A product of its time, NORMAN’s retro-futurist design reflects the technological aesthetics of its age, pre-dating as it does the advent of mobile phones, the Internet and pixelated displays. Still, NORMAN can’t help but engage and entertain people in its own inimitable if disconcerting style.