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Remarks by Bill Gates, Chairman, Microsoft Corporation, and Bill Clinton, Former President of the United States, Microsoft Government Leaders Forum Africa 2006, Cape Town, South Africa July 11, 2006.
“Remarks by...” is a re-enactment by computers of a conference on the evolution of computer technology and its assumed benefits for the african continent. Originally taking place in Cape Town, south Africa, on July 11 2006, the conference features Mr. Bill Gates, Mr. Bill Clinton, Mr. Cheik Diarra (Chairman of Microsoft Africa and moderator of the talk), as well as an audience of african government executives. The installation includes eight computers of different brands, generations and types, all comfortably placed on the chairs of a conference room. Each computer plays the role of one of the lecturers or audience members, speaking their respective lines with the use of the generic synthetic voices included in their operating system. The words are heard through the integrated loudspeakers of the computers while the screen flashes in rhythm with the voice speaking. Throughout the 80 minutes loop of the re-enacted conference, the visitors may enter the conference room and take place on one of the free seats in order to listen to the speakers, sitting next to the computers playing the roles of their fellow audience members.
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concept and realization: Christophe Meierhans, 2008
production: Update II biennal for digital arts / Liedts-Miessen foundation, Gent / ZKM, Karlsruhe