»Oracle« by Billy Kluver / Robert Rauschenberg | i |
creators: Billy Kluver / Robert Rauschenberg
title: Oracle
year: 1962/65

A sound environment composed of five pieces in galvanised sheet metal, mounted on castors and each including a battery, a transmitter and a loudspeaker Bath tub with shower (178 × 115 × 60), staircase (149 × 140), window-frame (158 × 236 × 47), car door (160 × 133 × 85), pipe (143 × 116 × 73).


Collaboration between Billy Kluver and Robert Rauschenberg.

Oracle is a five-piece interactive sculpture formed from an assemblage of salvage objects (car door, ventilation ducts, window…) belonging to the world of “everyday technology”, with which is integrated a sophisticated system of radios capturing the various sounds emitted in the location where the work is shown. The radio sets were from the start connected to a console meant to be manipulated by visitors. Each of the five pieces, whose placing can vary depending upon the exhibition space, has a specific structure and mode of working.

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