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The Shakespeare Machine | Talking In Signs

By August 30, 2013 No Comments

I’m going to let the visuals do most of the talking this month, by featuring one of the most interesting meldings of tech-art and Shakespeare over the past year or so, sculptor Ben Rubin’s installation entitled “Shakespeare Machine.”

A project 5 years in the making, the piece spreads 37 led screens in a fan-like array, displaying bits of text and phrases from Shakespeare’s works in never-ending — and, most intriguing, never repeating — combinations. As Rubin put it in an interview with ArtInfo magazine just before the installation was unveiled, the design highlights the way that each phrase “is like a strand of DNA,” each a delicate but necessary piece in the textual anatomy of Shakespeare’s works.

The piece was unveiled as a fixture in the lobby of New York’s Public Theater last year. Further details and a photo gallery of the installation as it was designed and built are available via the EAR Studio website.

I highly recommend this brief but fascinating video, which gives a little bit of a sense of the physical presence of the installation:

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