The Message sculpture consists of sixteen surplus digital voice recorders housed in a masonite box. A message, up to nine seconds in length, can be recorded on each of the recorders by pressing one of sixteen buttons mounted around the base of the box. The replay of the recorded messages is controlled by a micro-controller ( a Basic Stamp ). The Stamp computer plays a random message every fifteen seconds.
Message allows the participants to leave a remeberance of themselves. As the sculpture only has space for sixteen messages, new recordings overwrite old recordings. The creation of a new rememberance requires the destruction of an exisiting one.
Message is not a mirror. After someone records a message they
have a strong desire to hear it replayed. Message denies them
this gratification. The recording of the message is a
rememberance, not indulgence.