The Diary 

Sound and installation, dimension variable, 2017

In this work, 180 diary entries from The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath were read by the google translate sound system. As text-to-speech service starts to be more common in many fields, scientists dedicate to make its functioning algorithm better and closer to how human articulate language. What interests me the most is the suprasegmental aspects of the phonology— stress, intonation, pause, tone, which are closely related to complicated and subtle emotional expressions of human beings. How does artificial intelligence understand and pronounce words when they read? And how would they feel if they are actually feeling the emotion behind the words?

 

Work in progress: sound files generated by google text-to-speech system.