Raphael Lozano-Hemmer : 33 Questions Per Minute, Relational Architecture 5 (2001)
Installation view, "YOU_ser : Das Jahrhundert des Konsumenten" exhibition, ZKM, Karlsruhe (D).
"33 Questions Per Minute" consists of a computer program which uses grammatical rules to combine words from a dictionary and generate 55 billion unique, fortuitous questions. The automated questions are presented at a rate of 33 per minute --the threshold of legibility-- on 21 tiny LCD screens encrusted on the support columns of the exhibition hall or mounted on a wall. The system will take over 3,000 years to ask all possible questions. A keyboard allows participants to log on to the building and add their own questions to the automatic flow.