Canned Personalities (2007)

People project human traits onto objects. Size, shape, sound, and movement give an object a personality, or so we think. In this work, I use a common object, the tin can, to explore our anthropomorphic vision and understandings of personality. I have automated a group of cans that look alike on the outside, but the mechanisms are different on the inside. The cans make different sounds and move in different ways, and their individual behaviors and group interactions invite the construction of personalities. What personalities are constructed, and what do the categories and constructs reveal about us?

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People project human traits onto objects. Size, shape, sound, and movement give an object a personality, or so we think. In this work, I use a common object, the tin can, to explore our anthropomorphic vision and understandings of personality. I have automated a group of cans that look alike on the outside, but the mechanisms are different on the inside. The cans make different sounds and move in different ways, and their individual behaviors and group interactions invite the construction of personalities. What personalities are constructed, and what do the categories and constructs reveal about us?

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