Oracle

performance

Installation at Time To Pretend. Photo by Johan Van Droogenbroeck.

Portable Electronic Typewriter, called Improvement in the Mode of Communicating Information by Signals by the Application of Electro-Magnetism, also called Oracle
performative installation

Script

Since there are very few — good — images of the performance I added a script to the presentation alongside with scans of each document which was used.

Loop.
Start.

The performance is initiated at the request of a random exhibition-goer.

Print design detail.

Chapter I

The participant thinks of a number between 1 and 37.

Continue to Chapter II.

Print design detail.

Chapter II

Both parties enter into a mutual nondisclosure agreement.
The participant receives 1 copy.

Continue to Chapter III.

Print design detail.

Chapter III

The participant selects one out of a set of 7 questions.

Continue to Chapter IV.

Print design detail.

Chapter IV

The question is fed to the typewriter. The typewriter generates an answer.

The participant receives 1 copy.

Continue to Chapter V.

Print design detail.

Chapter V

A riddle is presented to the participant.

The participant receives 1 copy.

By solving the riddle the participant acquires an edition containing each document.

Continue to Chapter VI.

Print design detail.

Chapter VI

The answer is written down on a blank piece of paper.

End.
Loop.