Chinese Whispers

Interactive installation
Android app
Artisitic research on computational creativity

In this interactive installation, the children’s game “Chinese Whispers” (also known as “telephone”, “gossip”, “operator”, “messenger game”, “Stille Post”) – in which a message is whispered from one person to another – is performed with smartphones using the default speech recognition and speech synthesis software of the device’s operating system.

The often humorous altered last statement in the communication chain is a perfect metaphor for cumulative error caused by feedback. While the human brain lacks in recollection of spoken words and tends to complete or correct flawed information creatively, a similar process takes place in the pattern matching event of the speech analysis software.

This work is another attempt to explore computational creativity in an artistic manner.


“Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do. I’m half crazy all for the love of you.” [1]

[1] ”Daisy Bell” is the first song performed by computer speech synthesis (IBM in 1961) as later referenced in Stanley Kubricks 2001: A Space Odyssey.