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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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Big-Brother's-voice-on-7-5-14--St-Paul














Inside Union Depot, a creepy, Big Brother voice reverberates nonstop from this corner installation. Passengers have no choice but to hear this as they wait for their trains.



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6 comments:

Justin said...

That IS very creepy.

Linh Dinh said...

Hi Justin,

The station itself is quite attractive, with a free ping pong table and, episodically, even free yoga lessons.

I'm going to upload another audio of this weird, mind-molesting installation.


Linh

Anonymous said...

is it art? what is going on??? where "most of you hiding out" in the middle for real?

the text-to-voice generation is absolutely terrifying.


-leo

Linh Dinh said...

Hi Leo,

There were all these people in the station and no one seemed disturbed by this. I'd have recorded more but I had to get on the train. As you can see, there's no tag on or next to this triangular object. In that cavenous hall, the voice really carried, so there was no way to ignore it. You couldn't even read a newspaper in peace.


Linh


Linh Dinh said...

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Anonymous said...

Sounds like Blaine the Mono from Steven King's Dark Tower series. Very creepy!

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Born in Vietnam in 1963, I came to the US in 1975, and have also lived in Italy, England and Germany. I'm the author of two books of stories, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), five of poems, All Around What Empties Out (2003), American Tatts (2005), Borderless Bodies (2006), Jam Alerts (2007) and Some Kind of Cheese Orgy (2009), and a novel, Love Like Hate (2010). I've been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2000, 2004, 2007, Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present, Postmodern American Poetry: a Norton Anthology (vol. 2) and Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories From Around the World, etc. I'm also editor of Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (1996) and The Deluge: New Vietnamese Poetry (2013). Blood and Soap was chosen by Village Voice as one of the best books of 2004. My writing has been translated into Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Icelandic and Finnish, and I've been invited to read in London, Cambridge, Brighton, Paris, Berlin, Leipzig, Halle, Reykjavik, Toronto, Singapore and all over the US. I've also published widely in Vietnamese.