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date: 21 September 2020

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For the author of this chapter, art is a particular way of thinking: it implies the exploring of social and political conditions, not only with the means already provided by academic disciplines, but by finding out new ways to explore, conceptualize, and change them. The chapter describes an art project consisting of an ‘acoustic breakfast’. Sounds of breakfasting were recorded and transformed in real time to make communal interactive music. The author identifies the conflict between artists explaining algorithmic processes to participants and the desire for an informal social situation focussed on eating and drinking. Ideas from literary theorist Shklovsky are used to discuss automatized perceptions and the interest in defamiliarization. Was the acoustic breakfast deautomatizing the computational processes? The chapter discusses the same issue in relation to live coding.

Keywords: acoustic breakfast, interaction, defamiliarization, automated perception, live coding

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