​Maria Antelman

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Maria Antelman is a New York-based multimedia artist whose practice investigates our contemporary interaction with machines and the mutually influential relationships we build with these systems. This piece, [sin-taks], uses stop words and non-words together, highlighting their different function. The non-words sound like words but have no meaning. Researchers use them to help understand how information is processed. Stop (noise) words are so common that they confuse search engines. Search engines filter them out to facilitate the search for information. Sounds of recording devices rewinding, stopping and restarting, connect and further disconnect the ambiguous and unintelligible voices. This sound piece is about a void, a gap and a stoppage in a closed system of connections. It is an attempt to search for a new meaning in a time of uncertainty.

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